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Oldest known shaker ?


I thought about opening this blog with some explanation of its purpose. I wrote a lengthy welcome. But I got bored and deleted it in favor of this item I saw at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit titled The Art of Drinking last year.

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General, History, Instruments

Origin of the word cocktail


There are innumerable stories of the origin of the word cocktail. There’s the Mexican Princess who made a cocktail for visitor to her father’s court. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a princess in the history of Mexico with a name remotely like Cocktail. Mexico did however have a long history of rum production when it was under Spanish rule. But that’s a separate historical footnote.

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General, History

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