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According to Wikipedia, the first ever definition of a cocktail as an alcoholic beverage appeared in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) on 1th May 1806, whereby the editor a Harry Croswell responded to the question, "What is a cocktail?"
Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a Democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else.
The Glenmoriston Valentine's Cocktail (pictured) is a delicious mix of chocolate liqueur, strawberry liqueur, vodka and cream - perfect for those wishing to be bold and stout of heart, and perhaps a bit fuddled!
Try it this week, it tastes as good as it looks, plus many other cocktails, mocktails, 260 malt whiskies, over 40 gins and much more besides..
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