30 ml Cognac or Brandy
30 ml Gin
15 ml Fresh Lime Juice
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Top up Ginger beer
1/2 orange wheel and/or mint sprig
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker except the ginger beer, shake well with ice, Pour unstrained into a Collins glass or in the original S. Bastard mug and top up with ginger beer
The Suffering Bastard is the name for two different mixed drinks, one being more of a standard cocktail associated with World War II and the other being more of an exotic drink associated with Tiki bars.
As is the case with many cocktails, there are multiple recipe variations and historical origins have been argued and changed over time.
Two of the earliest recipe versions have very different ingredients. One from bartender Joe Scialom (1942) calls for brandy and gin, while another from Tiki pioneer Victor J. Bergeron (AKA Trader Vic) primarily uses rum along with “secret ingredients” and is known for being garnished with a cucumber.
Suffering Bastard included in the list of IBA official cocktails