Friday, May 5, 2006

Cocktail Turns 200 On May 13

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – May 5 is a popular day for margaritas but May 13 is even more important for cocktails in general.

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 “they’ve been a part of many major political decisions.”

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