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 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 the base spirit. It’s a type of whiskey made from at least 51% rye grain. 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 that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

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 type of spirit infused with orange and botanicals. They add citrus flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Lemon Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds lemon aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: To be honest, we weren’t very impressed with this recipe. 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.

Recipe

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

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$47.00

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

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 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 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

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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:

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

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

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

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

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