An old school chum asked about the etymology of the word "cocktail" on Facebook today.
Seems apropos of this day that is both Friday and the day when another
Cocktail. Peacock. Get it? oh well...
Is it fair to compare him to a peacock? Being that peacocks are the ultimate narcissists? Oh well, sometimes you just have to
Back to the subject at hand...
From the May 13, 1806, edition of the Balance and Columbian Repository:
“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 ... Read Moreelectioneering 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.”