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

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


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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The earliest known printed use of the word "cocktail," was from "The Farmer's Cabinet", 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."

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