Suburban Cocktail Recipe

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the Suburban cocktail is a lethal fusion of three potent drinks that pack a big punch – whiskey, rum and port. Not exactly something you will want to have on a regular basis, or choose for relaxing after a hard day at work, this cocktail is known as a big drink in a small glass. Said to have been invented by a famous stable owner named Keene, who came up with the drink in order to celebrate his victories, as well as those of nearby stable-owners, the Suburban cocktail provides a buzz that is not likely to wear off in a hurry.

While it might seem like a random concoction, designed by thrill-seekers looking for a “hardcore” drink, the cocktail has surprising nuances of flavour. The three main ingredients complement and somewhat dilute each other – the bitter taste of liquor and port is compensated for by a hint of sweet smoothness, which makes it easy to down the drink. Simple to make, and fun to knock back, the Suburban cocktail makes for a great adventure.

Time Preparation: 2-5 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 1 person
Old-fashioned bar glass, cocktail shaker

– 3 parts bourbon
– 1 part dark rum
– 1 part port
– Angostura bitters
– Ice cubes


  • 1

    Start by taking a cocktail shaker, and filling it around a quarter of the way with ice cubes – cracked ice can also be used, but this can water drinks down somewhat, and since the fun of the Suburban cocktail is its potency, you might want to stick to regular ice cubes.

  • 2

    Once the shaker is packed with the ice, add in the Angostura bitters, and follow this up with the port, rum and whiskey respectively.

  • 3

    Now that everything is in, screw on the lid of the cocktail shaker, making sure it is tight, and will not come off easily. Then, proceed to grasp the cocktail shaker firmly, and give it a couple of vigorous shakes (for around 15 seconds or so), in order to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together, and the drink is thoroughly well-blended.

  • 4

    After the drink has been blended to perfection, add 2-3 ice cubes to your old-fashioned bar glass (you can also use a rocks or bucket glass), and pour the drink out into this. Make sure you do not fill the glass all the way up – leave an inch or two of space at the top. Your Suburban cocktail is now ready – serve neat and chilled, without any frivolous garnishes.

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