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#1 BetsyGritt

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 01:04 PM

In 1779 a woman by the name of Betsy Flanagan owned a tavern near Yorktown, New York. Men from Washington's army used to hang out at this establishment to relax their worries and energize themselves with concoctions of alcohol known as bracers. Many of the officers used to tease old Betsy about the chickens that one of her close neighbors. Seems the neighbor was a Tory. Well, one day she decided to make them all eat their words.
 
Back in those days, no true patriot would buy anything from a Tory. It just wasn't done. Political correctness and all. So, Betsy arranged a wonderful chicken dinner for them. When they finished feasting on the delicious birds they continued their celebrations at the bar with more bracers. To their merriment they found each bottle or 'bracer' festooned with a cock's tail from the Tory chicken farmers coop. They laughed and laughed and a toast was called for and one of the men (I think he was French) exclaimed:
 
"Vive le cock tail"
 
Betsy was a popular gal it seems. Since that day forward all of Betsy's concoctions were known as cocktails, a name that we still use today to describe the inebriating drinks we so love to imbibe from time to time.
 
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#2 Digger

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 01:32 PM

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Great story OP!

 

The cocktail may be considered an American concoction, but its roots stretch back to 18th century London. 
 
Ask any American. They will tell you, in no uncertain terms, that the cocktail was an entirely American invention. But exactly what, beyond the ice, is so American about a drink of British gin and Italian or French vermouth mixed by an Irish or German immigrant? The evidence mounts in favour of the cocktail having far more British roots than previously imagined.
 
 
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#3 Ludikrus

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:09 PM

I guess ole Betsy knows what she's talkin' bout.  :Beer:  Found a corroborating article on that story:

 

"Cocktail 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 inasmuch 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 anything else."

http://www.cocktails...il-history.html

 

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Drink up me hearties!

 

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#4 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:12 PM

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To Cluck or not to Cluck, that is the question...


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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:22 PM

 

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Here ya go, JJ. Have a drink on me...

 

 

 
 
 
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#6 BetsyGritt

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:49 PM

Thank you for the pin!

 

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I'll add a blueprint for more cocktails...

 

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 03:10 PM

Who ordered the salty dog?

 

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or should it be the randy dog...

 

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 03:21 PM

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Crazy a doodle dotails and Drinks Mixtures - An Iphone App for your pleasure:
 
 
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Posted 31 March 2016 - 03:35 PM

:Laughing-rolf:

 

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#10 Magdalena

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 02:38 PM

Try this blue margarita recipe for your next cocktail hour, and wow your friends with an electric blue drink!
 
 
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