Ten ‘quite interesting’ facts about cocktails

19th October, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie

No one really knows where the word “cocktail” comes from

Etymologists aren’t really sure where the word “cocktail” comes from, but its first appearance seems to be in a British newspaper in 1798.

There’s a theory that “cocktail” represents the cocked tail of a perky horse, and is a nod to the fact that the first cocktails were intended to perk you up. Other suggestions involve the French for “eggcup” (“coquetier”), a corruption of the 17th century English term “cock ale”, or any other number of bizarre origins.

One particularly odd idea is that mixed drinks in Mexico were stirred with a chicken feather, a literal “cock’s tail”.

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