A Savage Martini Debate - Vodka or Gin?

Martini drinkers have very savage opinions about what the main ingredient in a martini should be. Both vodka and gin attempt to claim this cocktail as their own. There are strong arguments for each side of this debate. 

One thing we know for sure is that adding a Savage Scorpion to any martini makes it a whole lot more exciting! Beyond that, use the following information to make up your own mind about which liquor is best for the perfect martini. 

The original recipe for a martini included gin and vermouth, so many would argue that since it came first, the gin martini is the one that should claim ownership of this particular cocktail. By 1922 this mixed drink reached its most recognizable form using London dry gin and dry vermouth stirred in a shaker with ice rather than shaken and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. 

Over time, the 2:1 ratio of gin to vermouth was slowly changed to feature more gin and less vermouth, with many leaving out the latter altogether. English playwright Noel Coward said, "A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin, then waving it in the general direction of Italy." (Due to the fact that Italy was a major producer of vermouth.)      

Perhaps the most famous martini order was requested by the fictional character 007, aka James Bond. He preferred his with vodka in place of the original gin and requested that it be "shaken, not stirred." (Fun fact - the proper name for a martini that is shaken is a Bradford.)

In today's bar scene, it is more likely that the martinis served have vodka as the main ingredient. This is probably due to the fact that, since there are so many different flavors of vodka available, a lot of different martini recipes can be created with this particular liquor. People like to have lots of choices when it comes to their cocktails.   

Over the years, the martini has become one of the most well-known mixed drinks. According to H.L. Mencken, an American journalist, the martini is "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." Whether you prefer your martini with vodka, gin, or possibly even rum (we've uncovered some delicious rum martinis over the years,) you are guaranteed to add excitement and uniqueness to any martini when you add one of our creative cocktail garnishes to the mix! 

Savage Scorpions sit nicely atop a toothpick full of olives, cocktail onions, or limes. These tasty little creatures make a martini look especially savage when they are dropped into the glass. If you have been looking for a way to increase revenue in your bar, or perhaps something new and fun to add to the drinks you mix at home, Savage Scorpions are a wonderful way to get the attention that your cocktails deserve.  

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