May 13, 2006, marks the 200th anniversary of the day the word cocktail was first used to describe mixed drinks.
Although mixed drinks have been around for a long time, cocktail historian Anistatia Miller says the word first appeared in print in the Balance and Columbian Repository, a newspaper published in Hudson, New York.
A reader asked editor Harry Croswell to define a cocktail and he replied: ...a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.
Miller says back in the 1600s, cocktails were the boozy beverages created when leftover liquors of various types were poured into the same barrel and sold for a cheaper price.
She believes the cocktail is an important part of history, especially because theyve been a part of many major political decisions.
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