How did the "cocktail" get its name?
#126241. Asked by star_gazer. (Jun 23 12 11:58 PM)
"The origin of the word cocktail is disputed.|
The first recorded use of the word cocktail is found in The Morning Post and Gazetteer in London, England on March 20, 1798:
two petit vers of "L'huile de Venus"
Ditto, one of "parfait amour"
Ditto, "cock-tail" (vulgarly called ginger)
The first recorded use of the word cocktail in the United States is said to be in The Farmer's Cabinet on April 28, 1803:
Drank a glass of cocktail-excellent for the head...Call'd at the Doct's. found Burnham-he looked very wise-drank another glass of cocktail.
A definition of cocktail appeared in the May 13, 1806, edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a publication in Hudson, New York, in which an answer was provided to the question, "What is a cocktail?". It replied:
Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters-it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else."
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