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Suffering Bastard: A Vintage Hangover Cocktail for Soldiers During WWII

Suffering Bastard: A Vintage Hangover Cocktail for Soldiers During WWII:

As a public service to the hungover, every week we track down the best bartenders in America and ask them to share their favorite hair-of-the-dog remedies. This week we’ve got a legendary drink that would sober up even the most haggard bastard.

THE SPECIALIST: Tim Souci, beverage manager at the Original Dinerant in Portland, Oregon

HIS ELIXIR: SUFFERING BASTARD

ITS ORIGINS: Suffering Bar Steward, Dying Bastard, Dead Suffering, Dead Bastard: The Suffering Bastard is a vintage hangover cocktail that goes by many different—yet equally tortuous—names. The drink was created in the 1940s by Joe Scialom, a barman at the British-owned Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. At the time, Egypt was a colony of the British and Allied troops were fighting the North African Campaign of World War II in the nearby desert. Jewish-Italian Scialom, who was rumored to be a spy in addition to being a decent bartender, supposedly mixed the drink to help hungover British soldiers sober up from the previous night’s drinking. Scialom wanted the troops to be in good enough shape to defeat the encroaching Axis forces. As it turned out, the Suffering Bastard (and maybe a few other factors) worked: The Allied forces won the campaign and went on to take Italy.

ITS HEALING POWERS: Since the 1940s the Suffering Bastard recipe has been adapted to fit a variety of forms. Some recipes include bourbon, other tiki-style recipes include rum, and some, gin. Tim Souci, beverage manager at the Original Dinerant in Portland, Oregon, tweaked the recipe to make it similar to a classic mule. His Suffering Bastard includes gin, brandy, lime juice, bitters, and ginger beer. “This drink quenches your thirst, settles your stomach, and reignites your buzz,” Souci says. “You could slurp the whole thing up in one gulp.” Souci added the refreshing cocktail to his seasonal menu last spring, thinking it would do well when it was hot out, and the drink was so popular that he’s yet to take it off the menu. “People need a good hangover cure year-round,” he says. “And this drink hits the spot, war or no war.”

DRINK CREATOR JOE SCIALOM’S MOTTO: “To be un-hung, you must be re-drunk.”

SUFFERING BASTARD

Combine all ingredients with ice in a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with an orange peel twist.


Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep


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