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DharMag January 2020 Scofflaw cocktail: the original recipe with bourbon whiskey, vermouth, lemon and grenadine

Scofflaw cocktail: the original recipe with bourbon whiskey, vermouth, lemon The Scofflaw is an old Prohibition cocktail made with bourbon, dry vermouth, grenadine, orange bitter and a splash of lemon juice.

It is a cocktail that has fallen into disuse, but which is making a comeback thanks to the return to the old classics, so charming and hipster in this period of speakeasy revival. It is an aromatic cocktail, quite full-bodied thanks to the caramelized and spicy presence of the bourbon, but well balanced by the generous dose of dry vermouth that brings out fresh and herbaceous flavors. It has a high alcohol content and also the taste is quite fiery, however, it is excellent as an aperitif, but you can also drink it as an after-dinner in an old-fashioned style.

History of the Scofflaw cocktail

Scofflaw is a term invented during a contest launched by the Boston Herald newspaper, which asked its readers to coin a term that described a lawless drinker who drank illegal alcohol. Two readers each won $ 100, coining the word Scofflaw, which translated means rascal slanderer of the law. The name was so popular that a cocktail of the same name was invented shortly after Harry’s American bar in Paris.

Ingredients and doses of the Scofflaw cocktail

  • 4.5 of bourbon whiskey
  • 4.5 of dry vermouth
  • 1.5 of lemon juice
  • 0.75 of grenadine
  • 1-2 drops of orange bitters

How to make the Scofflaw cocktail
Squeeze half a lemon and strain the juice. Put the Bourbon, vermouth, lemon juice, grenadine and bitter in a shaker filled with ice, shake and pour by filtering into a cooled cup.

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