The Suffering Bastard

A sippable salve that helps ease the agony of defeat

Photo: Brent Hofacker / Adobe

Who cares if your team played well all season and made it to Atlanta? Losing is still a mortal wound, especially since it means that your smug rival won. (Those cheating SOBs!) This sippable salve hails from a time when the stakes were even higher, specifically to WWII–era Cairo, Egypt, where a bartender at Shepheard’s Hotel concocted a double-liquored drink for Allied troops. The soldiers reportedly liked it so much that they telegraphed to have batches delivered to the front lines. Those chaps won the day, so maybe drinking one will confer future good luck upon your team. Can’t hurt.


    • 1 oz. bourbon

    • 1 oz. dry gin

    • ½ oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed

    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

    • Ginger beer

    • Mint sprig


  1. Add bourbon, gin, lime juice, and bitters to a shaker with ice.

  2. Shake until well-chilled, about 30 seconds.

  3. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice.

  4. Top with ginger beer.

  5. Garnish with mint sprig.