An upstate New York newspaper in 1806 was the first to use the word "cocktail" in reference to a drink, and now cocktails are a part of cultures all over the world.The margarita hails from Mexico, the mojito was invented in Cuba, and the aptly-named Manhattan comes from New York City. Cocktail recipes abound online for every occasion, and themed bars and restaurants offer cocktails corresponding with television shows and other pop culture references. McGee's Pub in New York City inspired the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and as such, they offer cocktails named for the show, like "The Pineapple Incident" and "Robin Sparkles." The world's most iconic cocktails, however, have been around for decades - some even for hundreds of years.
Below is an infographic roundup of eight of the world's most iconic cocktails, from mai tais to white Russians.
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