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Over the years, the cocktail has become an institution to drinkers worldwide. However, the cocktail’s evolution is both fragmented and contested.

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The Evolution of the Cocktail


The true creation of a popular cocktail can be traced to the nineteenth century.
One early written reference to the term "cocktail" as a drink based on spirits with other spirits and additives can be found in an American magazine, The Balance, published in May 1806. It stated that a "Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…”


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Ingredients: The mixer is a vital ingredient for any cocktail. We list the most popular ones and offer some tips on using mixers in your cocktails.
GlasswareChoose the right glasses for your cocktails and know the names of those most commonly used for mixed drinks.
History: The origin of the name ‘cocktail’ is not certain, though many explanations have been suggested.

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