What’s the Origin of the Word ‘Cocktail’?

No, it doesn’t have anything to do with a rooster—but it does have something to do with a horse. Type “origin of word cocktail” into your search engine and you may see a dictionary entry that explains the term cock-tailed originally described a horse with a docked (or clipped-short) tail, and “cock-tailed” became a sort of pejorative for racehorses without thoroughbred pedigrees—with mixed lineage, if you will. So the term may have come to be applied to alcoholic drinks that were similarly blended rather than pure spirits.

But that’s still not quite right. Keep reading for cocktail clarification.

We may never know precisely when the first cocktail was made or who invented it, and for a long time, the etymology of the term used to describe it—in the words of H. L. Mencken (who did an extensive research on the topic but in the end came up short)—was “quite as

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Some of Our Favorite Cocktails

Old Fashioned

Pretty much the OG cocktail formula—spirits (in this case, whiskey, whether rye or bourbon), sugar, bitters, and a diluting agent—but with club soda in place of regular water for a little extra lift. And a zesty orange twist for garnish.

Moscow Mule

Knowing what we now do about the equine origins of the word cocktail, the “mule” in this ginger-heavy drink’s name packs a double meaning (although the theory is just that it refers to the kick of the aromatic key ingredient). Bonus points if you serve it in the iconic copper mug, but it tastes just as good from any other glass.

Frozen Ginger Peach Margarita

Here’s another gingery pick, but one that’s far removed from the original cocktail. Can you imagine Dr. Stoughton’s reaction to a frozen margarita machine and its gloriously slushy, sweet output? Not a trace of bitters in sight, but plenty of tequila.…

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9 Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE Going To My First Sex Party Orgy

You don’t want to go before reading this… trust me.

Sex parties are real.

I know, I had a hard time wrapping my head around that, too. I thought that outside the provenance of films like Eyes Wide Shut, these things were mostly imaginary.

If they did exist, I was sure they were totally unsexy messes, an excuse for guys to get wasted and walk around leering at naked women enjoying themselves together.

That’s definitely a part of some sex parties, but the real ones — the good ones — are about so much more.

A sex party is a great opportunity for sexually active and sexually curious adults to explore their kinks in a safe, fun, group environment.

Do you fantasize about group sex? Do you dream of being watched while you masturbate? These are relatively common fantasies you can totally explore at a sex party.

I know of …

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How to make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail Drink – Recipe, Mocktail and History

More than just a drink, the Cosmopolitan Cocktail defines a whole era. Its stand out color and fancy glass made it a hard to miss drink in the late nineties and early noughties and brought a revolution to the drinking world. And although it’s more than just a drink, it’s also a drink with a beautiful flavor. The Cosmo is relatively easy to make but has the look of a cocktail that you’ve put loads of effort into.

Cosmopolitan Recipe
40ml Vodka
15ml Tripe Sec
Cranberry Juice
Fresh Lime Juice

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Equipment
Martini Glass
Cocktail Shaker
Bar Spoon
Cocktail Strainer
Ice Cubes

Making a Cosmopolitan instructions
1. Pre-chill your glass by adding ice to it.
2. Add all the ingredients and ice to your cocktail shaker, using a jigger to measure the amounts, and give a good shake.
3. Empty your glass and pour in the mixture using a …

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