Cock-tails

Seen in the menu of a posh pub the other night:

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This is now officially my favourite definition of a cocktail and it doesn’t even come from a dictionary. Next time I’m at the Library of Congress, I may even look up the source document, an early 19th century newspaper called ‘The Balance and Columbian Repository’. The text was written by the editor in reply to a reader questioning the term ‘cock-tail’ which had been used in a previous edition. The Museum of the American Cocktail (yes there indeed exists such a wondrous place) has the whole story, and frankly the text is worth the read just for the wonderfully humorous and overly-polite language – e.g. “I hope you will construe nothing that I have said as disrespectful. I read your paper with great pleasure and wish it the most extensive circulation.” Gotta love the 1800s.

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