The Suffering Bastard

Suffering Bastard cocktail with ingredients - click for more information

Long ago, far away, I partook of a "Suffering Bastard" cocktail in a Chicago restaurant. It didn't come in a fancy glass, but that was okay.

I don't have much of a sweet tooth (hardly any at all, as a matter of fact) and cocktails are a rarity for me. In the Serb tradition, I normally drink my liquor neat - no mixers, no ice, no prechilling. But as mixed drinks go, this one wasn't bad.

Classic Suffering Bastard Recipe from Drinks Mixer™:

1 1/2 oz rum
1 oz overproof rum
3/4 oz Orange Curacao liqueur
1/2 oz orgeat syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz fresh orange juice

Shake all ingredients well and strain into an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass.

Garnish with slices of orange and lime, and serve.

Read more: Suffering Bastard recipe

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Another version of this drink uses gin instead of rum, and a mint garnish. Never tried it; I don't care much for gin, and I hate mint. (Click photo below for recipe.)

Suffering Bastard cocktail - click for alternate recipe

The classic Suffering Bastard tropical cocktail originated with Victor Bergeron, founder of the Trader Vic's Polynesian-themed restaurant chain. The Lope offers some commentary on the drink:

Once upon a time, Trader Vic's sold Mai Tai rum in one of the coolest containers that ever held anything; it was called "Mai Tai Joe" but that name was little-known to recent-year collectors who nicknamed it the "suffering bastard" decanter, after a drink served at Trader Vic's.

Trader Vic's Suffering Bastard Decanter (front)

Trader Vic's Suffering Bastard Decanter (rear)

Here's one of the matching Suffering Bastard mugs. They are no longer being made, but collectors sell them on the web.

Trader Vic's Suffering Bastard Mug

Martin Denny: Quiet Village (click to play)

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