The Scorpion is a classic tiki cocktail that uses plenty of fresh-squeezed citrus to make for a seriously refreshing sip any time of year. All you'll need is some white rum, brandy, orgeat syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, ice, and a blender to mix it all up. For garnish, you can use a slice or two of any citrus you'd like (orange or lemon are typical), a couple of good maraschino cherries, and a sprig of mint (clapped between your hands to release the essential oils) to really round out the aromas.
This recipe makes one serving, but it can easily be multiplied to serve in the classic Scorpion Bowl, which is a favorite at tiki bars around the world. The Scorpion Bowl typically has a smaller bowl in the center, into which you can pour some overproof rum and light it on fire for an extra-exotic presentation.
Scorpion Bowl Ingredients
|2 oz light rum|
|1 oz brandy|
|0.5 oz orgeat syrup|
|2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice|
|1.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice|
|Orange slice, maraschino cherries, and mint sprig for garnish|
How to make a Scorpion Bowl
- Add all ingredients to a blender with ice and blend for about 10 seconds.
- Pour into a wine glass, Hurricane glass, tiki mug, or highball glass.
- Garnish with orange wedge, maraschino cherries, and a sprig of clapped mint and serve.