The Scofflaw – A Classic Prohibition Cocktail. This post is intended for those 21+ years of age. Please enjoy responsibly. Made with just 5 ingredients, this rye whiskey based cocktail is beautiful, balanced and complex.
This RYE whiskey based cocktail was named after the term given to those who clandestinely sipped spirits throughout Prohibition. Scandalous. Made with just 5 ingredients it’s incredibly easy to pull together and perfect to shake up year round. This cocktail is complex, beautiful and balanced and is served in one of my favorite glasses, a coupe. The recipe yield is for one drink, BUT you can easily double or triple if making for a crowd.
While the OLD FASHIONED still tops my list of whiskey based libations, the SCOFFLAW comes in a close second.
WHAT DOES SCOFFLAW MEAN?
Scofflaw is a term that was coined during the Prohibition era to mean a person who drinks illegally.
INGREDIENTS TO ADD TO YOUR SHOPING LIST
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this scofflaw cocktail at home (the following contains affiliate links. I earn from qualifying purchases).
- RYE whiskey – I like WOODINVILLE 100% Straight RYE whiskey in this cocktail – it has notes of caramel, wood spice, and honey on the palette.
- Vermouth BIANCO – also known as vermouth blanc, falls somewhere between sweet and dry vermouth in terms of sweetness.
- FRESH lime juice – you may substitute fresh LEMON juice if you prefer. Garnish with a lemon peel if so. I first had this cocktail at a local restaurant and they served it with lime juice which is my preference.
- Orange cocktail bitters
EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS COCKTAIL:
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- cocktail shaker
- citrus squeezer/juicer
TIP: I like to store any leftover citrus juice in the refrigerator in these GLASS JARS
HOW DO YOU MAKE A DECORATIVE GARNISH?
(the following contains affiliate links. I earn from qualifying purchases). A decorative garnish is an impressive way to add a little flair to your cocktail. To create this garnish. You’ll need an LIME, a SHARP PAIRING KNIFE and a COCKTAIL PICK.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Carefully cut a wide piece away from the flesh of the lime.
- Trim edges to create a rectangle shape.
- Slice several lines through middle of lime peel leaving a border around edges – careful to not cut through edges.
- Slide each end of garnish through cocktail pick, to create a half circle shape. Place cocktail pick on edge of glass.
ADDITIONAL GARNISH IDEA – if you’re looking for a garnish that is less involved, a thin lime wheel works well too. Simply float lime wheel in cocktail.
WHAT GLASS DO YOU SERVE THIS COCKTAIL IN?
I like to serve mine in a COUPE GLASS but a martini glass would work if you don’t have a coupe glass handy.
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The Scofflaw - A Classic Prohibition Cocktail
(21+) The Scofflaw, a whiskey based classic Prohibition era cocktail.
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1 ounce Vermouth bianco
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 shakes orange bitters
- lime to garnish
- Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice.
- Add whiskey, vermouth, grenadine, lime juice and bitters. Shake until chilled.
- Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel.
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