1970s Recipes + Menus

Suffering Bastard Trader Vic’s

May 1971
    There are two completely different drinks by this name. The original—gin, bourbon or brandy, lime juice, bitters, and ginger beer—was created by a bartender named Joe Scialom, at the Hotel Shepheard, in Cairo. According to a 1947 Esquire article, Scialom put together a corpse reviver and named it for himself: “Suffering Bar Steward.” Patrons misheard the noun. Trader Vic’s claimed to have invented this version, though it is not in the 1946 edition of Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink. It does appear in later editions, sometimes with a pickling cucumber (unpickled) as a garnish.

    In a double Old-Fashioned glass combine the juice of 1 lime, reserving half the lime shell, 2 ounces dark rum, 1 ounce light rum, and a dash each of orange-flavored liqueur, orgeat syrup, and rock candy syrup and fill the glass with shaved ice. Put the lid of a cocktail shaker over the glass and shake the mixture vigorously. Remove the lid, garnish the glass with the lime shell and a sprig of mint, and serve the drink with a straw. Makes 1 drink.
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