Why is the Cocktail called a Cocktail?

Everyone shouts Happy New Year – and I wonder if its ever really anything to be happy about, hence my preferred phrase of “Hope you had a good start to the new year” …  note the ever-lasting tinge of scepticism.

Anyway, I had chanced upon various pages sharing on cocktails recently, and someone asked, “Why is the cocktail called a cocktail?” Indeed, I’d never thought of this. A typical google search gave me unsatisfactory answers but I shall not probe. Lets keep this a magical mystery.

Nonetheless, I’d time and again seen The Sourtoe Cocktail, a most epic drink. One day I’d opened the page in office and in all disgust, exclaimed to my neighbouring colleagues – before lunch… Didn’t do any good to their appetites! Do check it out if you’re interested!

I hence now refer to the article from 20 Unique Drinks to Sample on Your Next Trip …Indeed I’m considering trying all these as I travel around, some of which on the top of the list are:

1. Coffee Punch fromDenmark– sounds like a combination from paradise. I am definitely curious towards its taste … as a fan of Mudslides & White Russians, an authentic Coffee Punch would be a good try.

2. Grappa fromItaly– again, a highly intriguing drink. A true Grappa, where can I find this?

3. Brennivin from Iceland – I noted from the abovementioned article that this is a national drink but is also associated with alcoholism, coupled with its other name “Black Death”. Time to figure out the reasons behind this.

So here are two things to take away from this long-delayed post:
1. Is the New Year always a HAPPY New Year? I would prefer to have a “good year ahead” – happiness seems all too abstract in this century.
2. Why is a cocktail called a cocktail?

A preferred quote for the past week: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.