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Until now, the word cocktail would remind us of hot summers, colourful cover ups, wooden beach bars, tropical scents and colourful cheesy little umrellas. Of course the summer cocktail enjoyment in the above scenery will always be welcome, but things have now become more “serious”.
Cool bars that spring up in every corner, modern restaurants and hotel bars with a wide gastronomic range, that enrich their menus with extra gourmet cocktails, restless bartenders and adventurous mixologists have turned things upside down, radically changing the word's meaning.
Cocktails became famous during the alcohol prohibition in the United States (1919-1933). The need of alcohol's “camouflage” was covered with its mixing with other alcoholic or not, beverages. It seems thought that cocktails began getting produced in the beginning of the 19th century. Sazerac* is considered as one of the oldest cocktails which has its roots in the New Orleans in 1850 while the first bar guide, was published in 1862: How to mix drinks, by Jerry Thomas.
The cocktail trend swept Europe with the famous Harry's New York Bar as a reference point, which after travelling across the Atlantic, was settled in Paris. That was Bloody Mary's and other famous cocktails' place of birth. After the World War II, cocktail consuption was in recession.
The Cock's Tail
In a freeform translation, it means the cock's tail (cock-tail). However there have been several claims about the word's etymology, although nobody can be entirely sure of their validity. Behold some of the word's hypothetical origins:
Sazerac*: 2 parts Rye Whiskey or Brandy, a few drops Angostura bitters, 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp Absinth.