The Suburban Sledgehammer

No, it’s not a pro wrestler. It’s a drink. And really it’s just called a Suburban, but the sledgehammer bit is true. While searching for some good fall cocktail recipes to sip beside a backyard fire, Regan and I came upon an Esquire recipe for these.

Mixed with rye, port, dark rum and bitters this is a powerful little drink, but it’s smooth and sweet, which makes it go down easily. From experience we’d like to tell you to pace yourself.

With a name like the Suburban, we considered all the things that could have contributed to its title. We imagined Don Draper and his Madison Avenue buddies taking the train from NY back home to the suburbs and pouring one of these powerful little drinks after a long day. In actuality it was a drink created at the Waldorf Astoria in the late 1800s and named in honor of James Keene, a big deal owner in the world of horse racing. Little known to us, the Suburban Handicap was (and is) a horse race.

I was a little disappointed in the history, but not in the drink. You should mix one up for yourself this season.

The Suburban
makes 1 


• 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
• 1/2 ounce dark rum
• 1/2 ounce port
• 1 dash orange bitters
• 1 dash Angostura bitters


Stir well with ice, then pour into a chilled cocktail glass.





3 responses to “The Suburban Sledgehammer”

  1. Maryann Avatar

    Frank and I have commented that a lot of the TV/movies we’re watching lately are giving us the desire to drink some strong brews. ESPECIALLY Mad Men. Hehe, no wonder everyone smoked back when they did it on the news? Anyway, this sounds like a really good Friday night cocktail, though I sort of feel like I should have a silk bathrobe and a cravat to wear. 🙂

    1. Claire Avatar

      We always wear cravats while drinking these bad boys 🙂

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