8 Iconic Cocktail Debates

Getting to the bottom of the "He said, She said" cocktail questions.
PDT bartender John DeBary
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PDT bartender John DeBary

You slide onto the barstool and order your drink — a martini, let's say. The request sounds simple enough, right? But anyone who calls this drink their own knows there's a follow-up question. In this case, perhaps even two. Vodka or gin? Shaken or stirred?

Whether you like it or not, how you answer says a lot about you — positions are put to light, allies and enemies are formed. But this goes beyond the vodka-gin martini debate, there are others that cause just as much controversy. We're talking iconic cocktail debates here, and no, not the origins of the cocktail, but rather the ingredients that define it.

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