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Smoky Old Bastard

Prep Time:

30 minutes


One Drink


  • 2 heaping teaspoons Lapsang Souchong loose leaf tea (1 ounce will make about 3 drinks)

  • 12 ounces Boiling Water

  • 2 fluid ounces Bourbon Whiskey (available right next door at Underdog)

  • 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup

  • 2 dash Bitters

  • Lemon Twist


  1. Brew Lapsang Souchong in boiling water for 4 minutes.

  2. Remove the tea leaves from the brewed tea. 

  3. Chill the tea.

  4. Once tea is chilled combine (or see Note below):

    1. Whiskey (can be purchased at Underdog)

    2. Maple syrup

    3. Bitters

    4. 2 ounces of brewed tea

  5. Pour over ice and stir.

  6. Garnish with a lemon twist and Enjoy!


NOTE: You can also pour chilled tea into an ice cube tray or sphere mold and use in place of ice. 12 ounces will make about 4 cubes or 2 spheres.


Flavor Review

The smoky flavor of Lapsang Souchong and its dry tannins are balanced by maple syrup and fortified with bourbon.


Created in 2011 by Craig Toone at Glover’s Bar in Merseyside, England who says of his drink, “Smoky, obviously refers to the distinctive tea flavour and the bastard refers to the bastardisation of the classic drink, Old Fashion!”

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