Scofflaw Cocktail Recipe

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The Scofflaw cocktail is made with Canadian rye whiskey (because at the time, there was no whiskey coming out of America), dry vermouth, lemon juice, orange bitters, and grenadine (a sweet red syrup made primarily from pomegranate juice).

Scofflaw Cocktail Recipe

As for the name, a scofflaw is someone who mocks or scoffs at the law. So if you were drinking this tasty concoction back in the 1920’s you were a scofflaw yourself. The cocktail debuted in Harry’s Bar in Paris and was named due to the Americans suffering through prohibition and drinking in secrecy.

The Scofflaw is surprisingly balanced and refreshing. I was wowed by how well the flavors complement each other, with a subtly sweet and citrusy finish. I should have expected more from a classic cocktail that withstood the test of time. The traditional recipe calls for more lemon and grenadine and slightly less whiskey, but I prefer my Scofflaw cocktail a little stronger.

If you enjoy rye cocktails, also try the Brooklyn cocktail, Manhattan, and Improved Whiskey Cocktail.

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3.67 from 3 votes

Scofflaw Cocktail Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
An obscure, yet highly delicious Prohibition-Era cocktail made with rye, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and a touch of grenadine.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with plenty of ice. Stir vigorously for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled coupe glass.


Rye can be substituted with Canadian whiskey. If you don't have either, try bourbon.


Serving: 1gCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 12.5gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 109mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 11.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: French
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Adapted from: Tuxedo No. 2

About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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