It’s unfortunate that World Cocktail Day should fall on a Monday this year, today being that very day. Having it fall on a Friday or Saturday would have been so much better. But you do know what they say about hair of the dog…
‘The Balance and Columbian Repository’ defined a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters…”
May 13 marks the publication date of the first definition of a ‘cocktail’. This was back in 1806 when a U.S. journal – surreptitiously titled The Balance and Columbian Repository – defined a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters” in response to a reader’s question.
Today, any drink that contains two or more ingredients can be considered a cocktail, but of course one of the ingredients ought to be alcohol.
Otherwise you’re moving into mocktail territory… and who wants to bother with that stuff?
Bottoms up, then!
Cocktail images courtesy Da Maria, Bali.