1. From "Jack's Manual" by J.A. Grohuska (1933) from Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow

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

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1. From "Jack's Manual" by J.A. Grohuska (1933)

According to the story, sometime around the beginning of the last century, King Axolot VIII of Mexico offered the general of the American army a drink before opening peace negotiations. A beautiful woman appeared holding a gold, ruby-encrusted cup filled with a strange potion of her own brewing. The king, despite having never seen the woman before, said, "That is my daughter Coctel." "Your Majesty," replied the general, "I will see that her name is honored forevermore by my Army." Of course, over time, Coctel became cocktail.