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Scofflaw | Barorder


A nod to the “Speakeasy”


The Scofflaw cocktail arose in the dark days of USA’s Prohibition period. From 1919-1933, the USA prohibited the sale of alcohol and significantly restricted its consumption. Unsurprisingly, most ordinary citizens did not like the idea of government-enforced abstinence from alcohol and were soon clandestinely knocking back alcoholic beverages in “Speakeasy bars” across the country. In utter contempt of these insubordinate individuals, Delcevare King, banker and Prohibitionist zealot, offered a monetary prize for the best word to describe the “lawless drinker” - the aim being to shame the drinking population into submission. “Scofflaw” a compound of “scoff” and “law” won the competition. Unfortunately for Mr King, far from wilting under a spotlight of disgrace, the lawless drinkers continued their merry ways. To make matters worse, the Scofflaw cocktail was created, likely in Paris in the 1920s, as a taunt to those across The Pond. An ironic legacy of a prominent Prohibitionist, the Scofflaw cocktail continues to be enjoyed by many a patron to this day.

How to make it

1. Add all ingredients to the shaking tin and add ice
2. Shake for 10-12 seconds
3. Double strain into the glass
4. Garnish with a twist of Lemon or Orange on a cocktail skewer

On the nose it's oaky and woody. Strong and bright fruits. Our tasters say it seems peachy, there is no peach... On tasting, it's punchy and boozy, but very light. It's really bright and citrusy - not expected in a whiskey drink. If you want to get into whiskey, this is the whiskey drink you should try.


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