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The Scofflaw – A Rye Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Leah Hall

A classic cocktail, this Scofflaw is a great sipper!


One of the coolest things about our cocktail hobby is the chance to explore classic cocktails and learn about the history of some of these classic drinks.  One such drink is the whiskey based cocktail, The Scofflaw, a drink born in Paris in the 1920’s at Harry’s Bar by the famous bartender Harry Craddock during the height of Prohibition.

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The Scofflaw Cocktail in a coupe on a wood board. Orange and leaves in background.


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What Ingredients are Needed for the Scofflaw?

  • Rye or Bourbon
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Orange Bitters

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The Scofflaw Cocktail

Named after those who disregarded Prohibition’s ban on drinking, this drink is a classic cocktail in every sense of the word, boldly boozy and not overly sweet.  Using rye (or bourbon if you want more vanilla and less spice) as the base spirit and dry vermouth to add spice and complexity.


Grenadine adds a nice fruity sweetness that helps balance the bite of the bourbon. Here is another cocktail using vermouth, although the sweet version, our Grilled Tangerine Frozen Negroni!

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Here are some great items that you may need for this cocktail: shaker, coupe, orange bitters, grenadine, Hawthorne strainer.




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The Scofflaw - A Rye Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A classic cocktail from Prohibition, very citrus and flavorful.


Scofflaw Cocktail

  • 1.50 ounces Rye or Bourbon
  • .75 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • .75 ounce dry vermouth
  • .50 ounce grenadine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


Add all ingredients to a shaker, and then fill completely with ice cubes.

Shake vigorously and then strain into a cocktail coupe.

Garnish with an orange peel.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 1.1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 43.1gFiber: 6.3gSugar: 0gProtein: 6.4g

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Molly ~ EasycookingwithMolly

Saturday 30th of April 2016

This looks so pretty n classic. I love that you used a combination of lemon and orange bitters. Would definitely try soon.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Thanks, it is a great combo! Cheers, Molly!


Saturday 30th of April 2016

Gorgeous as always! It turns Craddock came up with and the White Lady, too :)

The 'Noms.

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Thanks! Yes, he was a great bartender!


Friday 29th of April 2016

I love anything with bourbon in it! So I will definitely have to try this!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Thanks, it is a great cocktail! Cheers!

Jessica Bradshaw

Friday 29th of April 2016

Yum! This looks very refreshing for summer.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Thanks so much! Cheers!

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