Sunday, 16 December 2012
What is a Cocktail?
Cocktail Fact #1
Cocktail Definition and Use
As defined by The Oxford Dictionary
'an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream'
While this definition can be slightly vague it does translate to the modern day practice of most mixed drinks being cocktails.
A more specific definition of a cocktail would be as follows:
'an alcoholic mixed drink that contains three or more ingredients—at least one of the ingredients must be a spirit.'
The first published definition of the Cocktail appeared in an editorial response in The Balance and Columbian Repository of 1806. This read: "Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters." It is this definition of ingredients that we continue to use when referring to the 'ideal' cocktail.