Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
The Origin of the Cocktail > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

The Origin of the Cocktail

The cocktail has the distinction of being an original American drink.

Its origins are murky, but the most common accounts name one Antoine Amedee Peychaud, a young Creole from a distinguished French family, as the originator of the drink.

Peychaud, along with wealthy plantation owners, fled his home in the French controlled portion of the island of Hispaniola during the slave uprisings of 1793.

Peychaud, trained as an apothecary, settled in New Orleans and set up shop in the French Quarter. Along with his education, he had salvaged an old secret family recipe for the compounding of a liquid tonic called bitters.

The bitters were good for whatever ailed you. And they added zest to the cognac brandy he served friends and others who wandered into his pharmacy.

Fame of the concoction spread. Soon the ubiquitous New Orleans coffee houses, as liquor dispensing establishments were then called, were offering their French brandy spiked with a dash of the marvelous bitters compounded by M. Peychaud.

He had a unique way of serving his brandy libation. He poured portions into a double egg cup. The French speaking population called such a device a coquetier (pronounced kah-kuh-tyay). The speculation is that the pronunciation of the French word eventually corrupted into the present day cocktail.

New Orleans based Museum of the American Cocktail displays the first known written reference to the drink on its website, www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org. On the front page of May 6, 1806 issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a Hudson, N.Y., newspaper. In response to a reader's request, an editor defined a cocktail as "a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters."

The editor then goes on to say that it is "supposed to be an excellent electioneering 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 any thing else."

Stanley Clisby Arthur, author of Famous New Orleans Drinks and how to mix 'em, mentions a writer who refers to the older term cocktail, meaning a horse whose tail, being docked, sticks up like the tail of a cock. He adds: 'Since drinkers of cocktails believe them to be exhilarating, a once popular song Horsy, keep your tail up, may perhaps hint at a possible connection between the two senses of cocktail.

The Classic Sazerac Cocktail

1 lump sugar
3 drops Peychaud's bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 jigger rye whiskey
1 dash absinthe substitute
1 slice lemon peel

Start with two heavy-bottomed, 3 ½ ounce bar glasses. Fill one with cracked ice and allow it to chill. In the other, place a lump of sugar with just enough water to moisten it.

The saturated loaf of sugar is then crushed with a barspoon. Add a few drops of Peychaud's bitters, a dash of Angostura, and a jigger of rye whiskey.

Add add several lumps of ice to the glass containing sugar, bitters, and rye and stir. Never use a shaker!

Empty the ice from the first glass, dash in several drops of absinthe, twirl the glass and shake out the absinthe ... enough will cling to the glass to add the needed flavor.

Strain the whiskey mixture into this glass, twist a piece of lemon peel over it for the needed zest of that small drop of oil thus extracted from the peel, but do not commit the sacrilege of dropping the peel into the drink.

Enjoy.

About the Author

Ellen M. Zucker owns http://www.faces-and-fortunes-partytips.com a site where you can find advice on party and event planning from Party Pros. It includes tips, interviews, and advice on putting your event together from professionals who make parties and special events happen.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Brewbound.com

Wine and Spirits Wholesaler Association Voices Support for Cannabis Legalization
Brewbound.com
As the majority of beer business stakeholders continue to examine what impact recreational cannabis could have on the industry, one alcohol trade association has officially come out in support of legalizing the psychedelic drug. The Wine & Spirits ...
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Calls on the Federal Government to Legalize CannabisEugene Daily News
Major Alcohol Association Endorses States' Rights To Legalize MarijuanaMarijuana Moment

all 36 news articles »

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Launches “VolunCheers Online” Employee Volunteering and Giving Portal
Business Wire (press release)
MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer's”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—announced today that it has launched a new internal online platform – VolunCheers Online – to ...


Wine, Spirits and Soul Coming to Baltimore County
Afro American
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO. The Wine Spirits and Soul Festival comes to Towson, Maryland July 14. A fundraiser for Baltimore County's Black youth, the festival funds scholarships that will be awarded during the Baltimore County African ...


The Spirits Business

the drinks business joins forces with the spirits business to launch ...
The Drinks Business
The team behind The City Wine Show and Spirited London is thrilled to announce the launch of The Wine & Spirits Show, which will bring together the world's ...
The Wine & Spirits Show to take London by stormThe Spirits Business

all 2 news articles »

Forbes

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Partners With Wally's Wine & Spirits To Offer Elite Wine Experience
Forbes
The resort turned to Christian Navarro, of Wally's Wine & Spirits, deemed "sommelier to the stars" for his work at the iconic Los Angeles wine shop with clients such as Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro,Bill Clinton, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Hugo's Wine & Spirits receives retailer award
Jamestown Sun
Beverage Dynamics announced recently that Hugo's Wine & Spirits is among the winners of its annual Retailers of the Year Awards. Each year, these awards recognize off-premise retailers from throughout the U.S. who demonstrate innovation, excellent ...


News3LV

Celebrate National Wine and Cheese day at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
News3LV
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — National Wine and Cheese day is this month and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits will be celebrating the occasion. Here to tell you more is Joseph Phillips. close video ad. Unmute toggle ad audio on off ...


North Bay Business Journal

Wine, beer and spirits-related events in Snohomish County
The Daily Herald
There will be beer, wine, cider and food. Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. Money raised by the event will go to Vision for a Cure, a non-profit that supports Usher syndrome. Firestone Walker tap takeover: Lynnwood's Special Brews is hosting ...
North Bay craft breweries lift beverage industry's spiritsNorth Bay Business Journal

all 45 news articles »

York Daily Record/Sunday News

Fine Wine & Good Spirits will remain open on 4th of July
York Daily Record/Sunday News
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board wants to remind customers that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open during national holidays this year — like this is something we would forget. The stores will be open across the state on ...

and more »

FOX43.com

Jesse James Dupree to sign bottles of whiskey at Gettysburg Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection during Bike ...
FOX43.com
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and ...

Google News

Champagne

Champagne is without question the finest sparkling wine made in... Read More

The Cocktail Party

A cocktail party can be more daunting than a dinner... Read More

A Private Owners Guide to Bottling Fine Whisky

The majority of private owners of whisky casks are looking... Read More

Chablis Wine

Chablis is thought to have originated in northern Spain and... Read More

Pairing Food and Wine is a Matter of Taste

First off let me say that I am in no... Read More

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon is the grape responsible for the wines of... Read More

How to Order Wine in a Restaurant

Ordering wine in a restaurant is not much different than... Read More

Barbera Wine

Barbera is a wine grape variety from Monferrato in Piemonte,... Read More

Overcoming Red Wine Spills

Red wine spills can be a disaster whether they occur... Read More

White Zinfandel Wine

White Zinfandel wine is a blush wine made in California... Read More

DWI and Blood Alcohol Concentration: What does it mean?

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the relationship between the amount... Read More

Choosing a Wine Gift Basket

During the holiday season, most of us are in a... Read More

How To Open Champagne

I manage a highly regarded web community for corporate flight... Read More

Tasting Wine

Wine Tasting Component I: LookThe first step you have to... Read More

Wine and Your Health

During the 1990s, a physician voiced on a national TV... Read More

The Harmony between Wine and Food

Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in... Read More

Tempranillo?s Role As A New Varietal Wine In Australia

Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety from the... Read More

Australian Wines

Australia's wine industry has boomed in the past ten years.... Read More

The Curious History Of Wine Consumption In America

The history of wine consumption in America has been frought... Read More

Hosting A Wine Tasting Party

As your love and knowledge of wine grows, it is... Read More

The Harmony Between Food and Wine

Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in... Read More

Chardonnay Wine

Chardonnay is the world's most popular white wine grape. Chardonnay... Read More

The Truth About Red Wine and Heart Disease

Red Wine, Heart Disease, Hungry Sharks and Knights in Shining... Read More

Uses of Mirror Tinted Contact Lenses

Mirror tinted contact lenses have become a topic of interest... Read More

The Mystery of Decanting

Decanting is a strange word to many people. Some do... Read More