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Josh-D. S. Davis

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Etymology of COCKtail.
Josh 201604 KWP
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The earliest definition of "cocktail" was in the May 13, 1806, edition of the Balance and Columbian Repository, a publication in Hudson, New York, in which an answer was provided to the question, "What is a cocktail?". It stated that:
“Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a Democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.”

I personally thing the root of the term is because of any sort of non-edible garnish added to the drinking vessel. There are many "proposed" roots, but no consensus and no solid documentation.
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