Magnificent Bastard

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The Magnificent Bastard Cocktail

In 2009 we embarked on the quest to invent the next great cocktail. With reader help, along with a lot of taste-testing, drunkenness, and a few debilitating hangovers, we found it in 2010.

the magnificent bastard

The Winner

Bryan Swanson invented The Magnificent Bastard. See the recipe and an interview with the creator. Then mix one, or three.


the runners up

The Runners Up

While these cocktails didn't win, they are an important contribution to boozing MBs worldwide.


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The Bracket

See how each entry fared in a NCAA basketball-style single-elimination tournament bracket.


thomas edison

The Contest

See more about why it was high time someone invented the next great cocktail. Mad love to our inspiration, Tom Edison.





  • 3 shots rye whiskey (or to taste)
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Peychaud's Bitters
  • quarter shot of Absinthe
  • lemon twist

Soak the sugar cube with the bitters and place in the bottom of a highball glass. Mash with the back of a spoon (or muddler, which we hope has not been used to make a Mojito), add the rye whiskey and fill the glass with ice. Stir for about 30 seconds and then strain into another lowball glass that has been rinsed with Absinthe and filled about halfway with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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