Suffering Bastard Cocktail

The original name for this drink was apparently the Suffering Bar Steward, but as one might expect in a noisy bar after a few drinks, the name gets a little mangled. There are several recipes for this floating about. For mine I turned to one of my favorite sources, Beachbum Berrry’s Grog Log, by Jeff Berry.


1 oz fresh lime juice

3/4 Bourbon

1 oz Gin

dash Angostura Bitters

4 oz Ginger Ale


Build in a large glass.

Add ice and stir.

Stir to chill and combine.

Garnish with cherry, orange and mint sprig.


Luc 8 Sep 2008
10:16 am


This looks like adelicious drink! Must give it a try this weekend if I get the chance. There is a difference in the recipe posted and the one in the video, but i assume the video is correct.
Keep on making these video as they are fantastic!

Dave 8 Sep 2008
11:41 am

Just a heads-up:  The recipe on the left of the screen calls for 3/4 oz. bourbon while the video and trailer call for 1 oz.  Also, niether text recipe includes the ginger ale.  Not to be a pain in the ass but just letting you know.  Thanks for all the great episodes!!  I truly enjoy the education…

Jake 8 Sep 2008
12:19 pm

Is that a “Red Robin” Mai Tai glass being used in the video? The R.R. doesn’t strike me as your kind of watering hole.  Keep up the good work!

Robert Hess 8 Sep 2008
1:54 pm

Ooops, sorry about the recipe mixup. Here is the correct recipe, as shown “in” the video itself:

Suffering Bastard

Robert Hess 8 Sep 2008
1:56 pm

...and no, those aren’t Red Robin glasses (unless of course RR just happens to be using them as well), but are in fact a somewhat standard Tiki glass.


Wild Bill Turkey 9 Sep 2008
1:18 am

I love those glasses; I have a few of them in different colors. The other side of the glass has a grimacing face instead of a smiling one. That might have suited the “Suffering Bastard”!

rhos 17 Sep 2008
5:34 pm

hi, loved the drink denfinatly one for the day after. i just wanted to know where you got the glass and where i could possibly purchase one like it. thanks

Tim 17 Sep 2008
7:05 pm

I was suffering from low bandwidth when I first attempted to watch this, and I didn’t scroll down to see that the recipe included ginger ale, so I decided to make one (using the recipe on the side) while the video was downloading.  Except that I found myself sans lime juice (used 3/4 oz. lemon instead, in an attempt to compensate for the tartness) and also without bourbon, I used rye (which for some reason always interchange in cocktails, even though they’re nothing alike).  And of course, I didn’t use any ginger ale, because I had no idea.  So what did I just drink?

Kelly 3 Nov 2008
6:50 am

Wow, tried this last night (and the night before and before) and it’s a new favorite! It

Blake 19 Jan 2009
4:13 pm

I just made a very tasty variant (I think it actually diverges too far to even be considered a variant), where I substituted rye for bourbon, lemon for lime, Marischino for gin, and used a stronger ginger beer, instead of ginger ale. It was tasty!

Robert Hess 19 Jan 2009
5:53 pm

Blake… sounds like a tasty drink, and agree that this isn’t just a variation, but a brand new drink. I think it deserves a name!

Trevor 8 Jun 2011
6:15 pm

Just mixed up the version in Beachbum Berry’s Remixed, which claims to be Joe Scialom’s original 1942 recipe, printed for the first time:

1 oz gin
1 oz brandy
1/2 oz Rose’s lime
2 dashes Angostura
4 oz ginger beer

Shake everything except ginger beer with ice.  Stir in ginger beer and pour unstrained into double old-fashioned glass.  Orange slice and mint sprig garnish.

I was skeptical about the Rose’s lime juice, but it turned out great!  Really nice balance.

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