Classic American Cocktails

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I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the alcoholic beverage so distinctly American — the cocktail. There is some terrific history behind the cocktail. It is, first and foremost, a word coined in America. Although there are many theories as to its etymology, including rooster references and hangover cures, the most commonly accepted definition ironically mirrors the political nature of this national holiday. The first documented definition came in 1806 and was printed in the May 13th edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, a federalist newspaper in Hudson, N.Y. The editor printed an answer to the question, “What is…