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Cocktail Recipe: Scofflaw Cocktail


Thanks to cocktail enthusiast James Thompson for submitting another classic cocktail and his wonderful photo. Interested in sharing your inspirations? Email us at unchartedwine@gmail.com.


The Scofflaw cocktail debuted in Harry's Bar in Paris in 1924. The term "scofflaw " actually originated the year before when prohibitionists held a contest with a cash prize for whomever came up with the word that would best shame those who flouted the law and continued to drink. As we have seen with prohibitionist movements throughout history, that went well.


This cocktail, like many classic cocktails, uses rye instead of bourbon. They are different tastes, so don't substitute. Different variations call for lemon or lime juice. James uses lemon here, but both are quite fine.


The Scofflaw

1.5oz of rye whiskey (Rittenhouse)

.75 oz of Dolin dry vermouth

.75 oz of lemon juice

.5oz of grenadine

2 dashes of orange bitter (Feegans)


Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds. Garnish with a lemon twist.




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