The Scofflaw Cocktail

The Scofflaw Cocktail, is a concoction that has disappeared off the radar a bit, but is certainly a tipple worthy of whirl. Fortunately the origins and formula of this drink are no secret. It was first compounded at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, 1924, during the height of American Prohibition. Ironically, if it wasn’t for a ban on the consumption of alcoholic beverages this drink may have never existed.

The term scofflaw was the result of a national contest in the US instigated in October 1923 by a prominent Anti-Saloon League member Delcevare King in reaction to lawless drinking and frequenters of speakeasies. King offered a $200 reward for the creation of a term “which best expresses the idea of lawless drinker, menace, scoffer, bad citizen, or whatnot, with the biting power of ‘scab’ or slacker”.

The Scofflaw Cocktail
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The Scofflaw Cocktail

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe adapted from Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails.

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