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

Legends of egg cups, gamblers, and concotions stirred with rooster feathers. Which do you believe?
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Legends of rooster feathers

Cocktail. According to Jack's Manual by J.A. Grohusko, the word first appeared in The Balance, an American periodical under date of May 13, 1806. It read: "Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called 'bitter sling' and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering position."



The above is the first time the word "cocktail" can be traced in print. However, our search does not stop there. Here are ten different stories recounting the origin of the cocktail. Which do you believe?

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