Scofflaw Cocktail

The Scofflaw Cocktail



  1. a person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively.

About the drink:

The Scofflaw cocktail was created around 1920 at Harry’s Bar in Paris.  We here in the States were laboring under the social experiment known as Prohibition while also nurturing a booming bootlegging business.  This cocktail was a Continental response to the perceived dichotomy of America’s position. The cocktail’s name comes directly from the term used to describe someone who drank in disregard of Prohibition.

Prior to Prohibition, the US sold a pretty fair amount of Rye Whiskey.  As a result, it makes its way into a lot of old cocktails.  After Prohibition, many of the distilleries that had produced Rye whiskeys had moved on to Bourbons or on to other whiskies.  As a result, you will often see this cocktail made with Bourbon as opposed to Rye.  Luckily for us, in the past 10-20 years a lot of distilleries have gotten back into producing Rye whiskey.   Personally, I prefer this cocktail with Rye – although my wife argues vociferously in favor of Bourbon.


2oz Rye Whiskey or Bourbon

1oz Dry Vermouth

.5oz Grenadine (please, not Rose’s!)

.25oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 dashes Orange Bitters


Chill your cocktail glass.

In a shaker, combine all ingredients.  Add ice and shake until you feel the ache in your hands. Strain into your chilled glass, and garnish with a lemon peel.


I prefer this cocktail with Rye.  I mentioned that above, but I feel the need to mention it again.  The spicy notes just sing to me in this cocktail.

Get some really nice grenadine for this one.  There are a lot of great companies out there making better Grenadines than the one you can get at Krogers.