6 Drinks Many Consider Modern-Day Classics

Last week our blog covered 6 Classic Cocktails Everyone Should Know. These were created quite a long time ago but have stood the test of time. Today Savage Scorpions is featuring 6 drinks from the bar that have a reputation for being modern-day classics. 



The following drinks made the list by not only being popular in the bar where they were created but also making their way onto cocktail menus at many other locations outside the original venue in various cities. Most of these even earned permanent places on menus throughout the world. Also, they are each regarded highly in the bartending community, which is not always an easy audience to win over.  

Scorpion Shot
We simply could not resist beginning the list with our very own favorite, the Scorpion Shot! It's simple, exciting, and always gets the entire room's attention anytime it is served. 

The recipe is incredibly easy. All you need to do is drop our unique cocktail ingredient into your favorite shot of choice. Savage Scorpions pair perfectly with any type of alcohol, whether it be a straight-up shot of liquor or a mixed shot.   



Bramble
The Bramble was created in London, England in the 1980s by Dick Bradsell. At the time of its creation, Bradsell was working at a bar in Soho by the name of Fred's Club. 

This is a wonderful spring drink consisting of dry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, crème de mûre (a blackberry liqueur), and crushed ice garnished with blackberries and a lemon slice.  It got its name from the fact that blackberry bushes are called brambles.  

Cosmopolitan
Bartender Toby Cecchini gets the credit for inventing the modern-day version of this martini at Odeon in New York City in 1987 or 1988. That said, similar versions of this cocktail have been around at least since the 1930s. 

It gained a lot of popularity in the 1990s after being featured on HBO's Sex in the City tv series. It is made with 4 simple ingredients: vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass.  

Penicillin
Sam Ross came up with the idea for this drink while working at the New York City bar Milk & Honey. It was inspired by one of the best-selling drinks at that bar, the Gold Rush, which itself was a twist on an old Prohibition-era cocktail. 

The Penicillin cocktail combines blended Scotch whisky, honey-ginger syrup, and fresh lemon juice. It is shaken with ice and then strained into a rocks glass over fresh ice and topped with a 1/4 oz. of single-malt scotch. Some say it "cures what ails you," hence the name.  

Oaxaca Old Fashioned
This version of a classic Old Fashioned uses tequila and mezcal in place of the traditional whiskey. It was thought up in 2007 by Phil Ward at Death & Co. in New York City. For this cocktail, both tequila and mezcal are added to agave nectar, bitters, and ice, stirred until chilled, and garnished with an orange peel. 

Gin Basil Smash
Just 12 years ago in 2008, Joerg Meyer came up with the Gin Basil Smash at the Le Lion in Hamburg, Germany. This refreshing drink is made by adding dry gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sugar syrup to muddled basil leaves and shaking with ice, then straining the drink into a glass filled with more ice. According to the creator, better too much basil than not enough!   



Did your favorite drink make this list? Consider playing mixologist on your own and creating a brand new modern-day classic cocktail with the help of our creative cocktail garnish. Mixing up your favorite flavors is a good place to start and the addition of Savage Scorpions to the ingredients list will give that drink the extra something special it needs to really get the attention it deserves! 





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