Who Created the Scorpion?
The Scorpion's origin was 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 different 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. The recipes in the "Common Recipes" section are listed with the year the recipe was published.
From “Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide,” by Victor Bergeron, 1972
- 2 oz Orange Juice
- 1½ oz Lemon Juice
- ½ oz Orgeat Syrup
- 2 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum
- 1 oz Brandy
Blend ingredients with a scoop of shaved ice at high speed for five seconds. Pour into cocktail glass. Add more ice to fill. Garnish with a gardenia.