Learn How to Make the Classic Scofflaw Cocktail

Fancy a cocktail drink with an interesting history?  You may want to try the classic Scofflaw.

Inspired by Lawless Drinkers

During the Prohibition, manufacturing and selling alcoholic beverages were not allowed. Those who weren’t able to acquire liquor prior to the implementation of the 18 Amendment or simply ran out of supply, obtained alcohol illegally, especially bootleg alcohol – a lower-quality drink, and often tainted, were called Scofflaws.

So, how did the term become a drink? It was first created at Harry’s Bar in Paris in 1924 as a humorous response to this newly coined term that gained worldwide attention.  

Fast-forward to 2018, the Scofflaw Cocktail is now a classic drink. The good thing? You don’t have to visit Paris to taste this drink. As a matter of fact, you can easily make it at home.  

The Ingredients

Before you attempt to re-create this drink, make sure to have the following ingredients on hand:

  • .75oz lime juice
  • .5oz grenadine
  • 1oz dry vermouth
  • 1.5oz rye whiskey
  • 1 dash of orange bitters


This recipe takes only about a few minutes to concoct and serves one. All you need to do is follow these 8 easy steps.



  • Add ice to cocktail mixing glass
  • Add .75oz lime juice
  • Add .5oz grenadine
  • Add 1oz dry vermouth
  • Add 1.5oz rye whiskey
  • Add 1 dash of orange bitters



  • Stir and strain into glass
  • Garnish with an orange slice or twist

The result: 

Can’t get enough of classic cocktail recipes? Here are some other great-tasting classic cocktails you may want to try making yourself.   


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