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Posted: December 17, 2010 10:41 AM

8 Iconic Cocktail Debates

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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. 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.

Martini: Gin or Vodka?
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Blame James Bond for this one. Apparently, the vodka martini gained popularity as a result of Ian Fleming's novels, as it is the drink that the dashing 007 famously always orders. However, adamant traditionalists will tell you that anything other than the original recipe of gin, vermouth, and a dash of bitters is simply not a martini. And don't even get them started on the Appletini...

Related: Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales"


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