Scorpion Cocktail Recipe

Pete Capella
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The Scorpion originated in a small bar called The Hut in Honolulu, Hawaii. There are probably more recipes for this drink in cocktail books than any other drink in history. It was adapted by Trader Vic, but even he published at least three completely different recipes in various editions of his cocktail book – and none of them are the recipe that is actually used in his namesake restaurant chain. The bona fide original Scorpion, as served in Trader Vic’s restaurant in Oakland, was a remarkably complex blend of some fifteen ingredients. Here is a great version that you can make in your home bar:


The Scorpion

3/4 oz Brandy

3/4 oz Light Rum

3/4 oz Dark Rum

1/4 oz Cointreau

1 1/2 oz Orange Juice

Juice of half a lime

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an iced Collins, Hurricane or specialized Tiki glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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