Scofflaw

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Cocktail History

The Scofflaw is a classic cocktail that was created by Harry EacElhone at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. It is traditionally made with rye, vermouth, grenadine, and citrus. It was also named for the word coined in a Boston Herald contest for criminals who refused to give up their boozy beverages during Prohibition in the United States, and it is believed to have become popular because it appealed to the expats living in France at the time.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rye: This is a type of whiskey made with at least 51% rye grain, malted barley, corn, and water. We used Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey because it has a bold whiskey flavor with notes of vanilla and oak. For a mocktail version of this drink, try The Gospel Responsible Rye Non-Alcoholic Whiskey in place of the whiskey.

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine made with grapes, sugar, botanicals, herbs, sugar, and alcohol. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it has a light and airy flavor profile with notes of Alpine herbs. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Dry in place of the dry vermouth.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Grenadine: This is a sweetener made with pomegranate juice and white sugar. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Orange Bitters: This is a food product made with oranges, botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Angostura Orange Bitters. For a mocktail version of this drink, try All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Orange Bitters in place of the orange bitters.

Lemon Wedge: This a slice of an lemon that has been cut into a wedge shape.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: To be honest, we weren’t very impressed with the Scofflaw. Kendall thought it was a bit too strong even though this drink was quite sweet for a whiskey drink. Meanwhile, Alex thought the cocktail was much too sweet.

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Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

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Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Rye
 1 oz Dry Vermouth
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Lemon Wedge

Method
1

Add rye, dry vermouth, lemon juice, bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Drizzle in grenadine without stirring.

5

Garnish with lemon wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Rye
 1 oz Dry Vermouth
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Lemon Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add rye, dry vermouth, lemon juice, bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Drizzle in grenadine without stirring.

5

Garnish with lemon wedge.

Scofflaw

Make It a Mocktail: Use The Gospel Responsible Rye Non-Alcoholic Whiskey in place of the whiskey, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Dry in place of the dry vermouth, and All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Orange Bitters in place of the orange bitters to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Rye Cocktails

If you like this rye-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Mott & Mulberry Cocktail Recipe

Mott & Mulberry: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Abano, apple cider, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, and apple slices

Remember The Maine Cocktail Recipe

Remember The Maine: A rye cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, absinthe, and a cherry

Falling Leaves Cocktail Recipe

Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

Midnight Stinger Cocktail Recipe

Midnight Stinger: A rye cocktail made with Fernet-Branca, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint

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