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Weather Up's Suffering Bastard

[Photograph: Melody Fury]

The catchy name refers to poor Joe Scialom, the drink's creator himself, who was desperate for a hangover cure. (You can read more on the drink's history here.)

Today, this citrusy concoction serves us well, with—or hopefully without—a hangover. Yes, the fizzy soda hydrates while the zingy ginger helps settle the stomach but this drink is best enjoyed in good composure and under a sun umbrella.

This rendition was developed by Kathryn Weatherup of Weather Up in Austin, Texas (and New York.) In addition to lime, gin, bourbon, and bitters, the original recipe calls for ginger ale. Weatherup substitutes an easy ginger syrup with a dash of soda for a fresher, spicy kick.

Note: This recipe produces more ginger syrup than is necessary for one drink. Remaining syrup can be reserved in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

About the author: Melody Fury is a writer and food photographer based in Austin, Texas and Vancouver BC. See what she's consuming @GourmetFury on Twitter.

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