The New York World, 1891, tells us that this is an Aztec
word, and that “the liquor was discovered by a Toltec noble, who sent
it to the king by the hand of his daughter Xochitl. The king fell in
love with the maiden, drank the liquor, and called them xoc-tl, a name
perpetuated by the word cocktail.”
Cocktail is an iced drink made of spirits mixed with bitters, sugar,
and some aromatic flavouring. Champagne cocktail is champagne flavoured
with Angostura bitters; soda cocktail is sodawater, sugar, and bitters.
“Did ye iver try a brandy cocktail, Cornel?” —Thackeray: The
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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