Mr. Grassroofs Movement: A Historic Drink

Mr. Grassroofs would like to add to this post that, “the dude spoke EIGHT languages.”


A historic Cocktail

Joe Scialom is bar keeping royalty. Former head bartender at the Long Bar in the Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo he served some of the best cocktails to the who’s who from the 30’s through the 60’s. From Cairo to Cuba, the mythology that follows Joe the Bartender is also pretty tasty; being accused of espionage by multiple countries can have that effect on a reputation. Regardless, the trained chemist has left us with some of the most memorable cocktails around. While The Suffering Bastard was originally created to ease the morning hangovers of soldiers on WWII, I find it to be an excellent compliment to early NC falls where days can reach a humid 80+ and surrender into cool, low-60s bliss. So, without further ado:

A historic Cocktail


The Suffering Bastard

1 oz Gin (I like Bulldog)

1 oz Bourbon*(Honestly, Old Crow has a special place in my heart)

1 tsp of fresh lime juice

Bitters (Angostura is fine unless you’ve made your own!)

4 oz Ginger Ale (the spicier the better)

1 sugar cube

A historic Cocktail


Place sugar cube in a rocks glass and squeeze the lime over it. Add two dashes of bitters and shake the sugar cube around in the bottom of the glass to break it up. Add fresh ice (a sphere if you’ve got it) followed by the lime juice, bourbon and gin; mix briefly. Top with ginger ale and garnish with an orange.

“Mix well but Shake the politics”- Joe Scialom

A historic Cocktail


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