The Scofflaw’s name is just as interesting as the bourbon cocktail itself. During prohibition the banker and teetotalism enthusiast Delcevare King sponsored a competition asking the public to come up with a new word for “a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor.”
The prize, $200 in gold. Over 25,000 people entered and two entrants independently came up with Scofflaw, for someone who ‘scoffs at the law’. They split the winnings down the middle and considered it a job well done.
Unfortunately for them but fortunately for us, the name was co-opted by one of the bartenders at Harry’s American Bar in Paris who immediately claimed the name for his newest creation!
50ml Buffalo Trace bourbon
20ml fresh lemon juice
15ml Carpano bianco vermouth
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a coupé glass
Garnish with a lemon wheel