Friday Cocktail: The Scofflaw

This week’s Friday Cocktail comes from a fantastic cocktail book I was given over the holiday by my mother, the Craft Cocktail Party, and immediately fell in love with. Cameron was equally excited to try out some of the recipes, and since this week was an unusually busy one for me, took over primary testing and tasting for this week’s Friday Cocktail– I should probably also mention that the photos this week are not by me, but are instead by Cameron.


I conveniently arrived home just in time for the final tasting, and have been excited to share it ever since. Inspired by the Prohibition in the US, the name is a slang term for those who did not observe the short-lived National Prohibition Act, it has all of the qualities I love about Prohibition-era cocktails. It’s strong, with a nice kick, and a healthy dose of bitterness, and enough sweetness to keep you coming back–just the thing to sip year-round. It is also blissfully easy to prepare and, if you have a fairly well-stocked home bar, should be easy to whip up in short notice.

We tried another batch of these and I was just as happy as I was with the first sip I tried, and hope you are too.


  • 1.5 oz rye whiskey
  • .75 oz dry vermouth
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz grenadine (if you can’t find any, you can make your own, or sub your favourite pomegranate juice)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (we use Fee Brothers)


  1. combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
  2. shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass
  3. garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy the fact that doing so is totally legal, unlike in the days of Prohibition






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