Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Bourbon Cocktails

Suffering Bastard

Image: Tim Nusog

So many classic cocktails are born in the bars of great hotels. Originally conceived as a hangover cure by the bar staff at Cairo’s Shepherd’s Hotel (before it burned to the ground in 1952), this bourbon- and gin-based drink has been around for 70 years. To adjust the potency—or get a jump on tomorrow’s hangover—simply increase or decrease the amount of ginger ale.


  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 ounce London dry gin
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ginger beer, to top
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. Add the bourbon, gin, lime juice and bitters into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled (about 30 seconds).

  2. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.

  3. Top with the ginger beer.

  4. Garnish with a mint sprig.