Archive for the ‘Cocktail’ Category

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Hanckneyed or Stilted.. You take your Pick

October 16, 2007

When I sit down to make a new entry.. or for that matter, when I see some other posts in most of the blogs… I wonder how similar writings are.

Most of us are just expressing our mood.. about the day.. someone special or not so.. maybe something which someone said or something we saw..

Introspection sets the general mood.. Hunour invariably is peppered with satire.. there is a feeling of “I am right when I say this”

We write a few lines and wonder.. speechek.. Chek for grammar.. Look around.. maybe take a stroll in the house.. wonder whats in the fridge..   Except tomorrow to bring something better into our lives..

And then there are those who have a blog to ‘show’  the world that they also have a blog… “Hey, you know how many hits I got today? I did this to the blog and I did that..

There is the occasional Cut-Copy-Paste posts..

A few discuss politics and the future of the world in general..

Still a few attempt a smear campaign on the rest of the world ..

And I sit here in introspection… And conclude that..

I am all of the above..

Blogging is good..

Stewie for Governor!!! By now you should be saying this too….

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This or That

October 12, 2007

Is there a difference between Whisky & Whiskey?

I recently worked on a couple of presentationsrevolving around liquor.. I saw these two terms getting used interchangeably.

I am really confused.. because I have a niggling feeling that there is a difference between the two words…

And talking on this .. is there a search engine where you can run a comparative search on two terms or phrases…?

 Please help…

Stewie for Governor!!! I already said help…

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Cocktail Etymology

September 1, 2007

Etymology

 

Piña Colada with pieces of coconut

 

Piña Colada with pieces of coconut

There are several plausible theories as to the origin of the term “cocktail”. Among them are:

  • Colonial taverns kept their spirits (rum, brandy, whiskey, gin, applejack) in casks, and as the liquid in the casks lowered, the spirits would tend to lose both flavor and potency, so the tavern keeper would have an additional cask into which the tailings from the low casks could be combined and sold at a reduced price, the patrons requesting the “cock tailings” or the tailings from the stop cock of the cask. This was H.L. Mencken’s belief.
  • Cocktails were originally a morning beverage, and the cocktail was the name given as metaphor for the rooster (cocktail) heralding morning light of day. This was first posited in 2004 by Ted Haigh in “Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails”. and can be distinguished from the theory “take two snips of the hair of the dog that bit you“, which refers to consuming a small bit of alcohol the morning after a “binge drinking night” to curb the effects of the symptoms of the hangover, in the belief that these symptoms are the result of a form of withdrawal. A cock’s tail has many varied feathers in exciting colours as a cocktail has varied exciting alcoholic drinks mixed together. Further the cloaca in the tail of cock is the exit hole for many impure substances.
  • Some say that it was customary to put a feather, presumably from a cock‘s tail, in the drink to serve both as decoration and to signal to teetotalers that the drink contained alcohol.
  • Another etymology is that the term is derived from coquetier, a French egg-cup which was used to serve the beverage in New Orleans in the early 19th century.[1]
  • The beverage was named for a mixed breed horse, known as a “cock-tail” as the beverage, like the horse, was neither strictly spirit nor wine — it was a mixed breed.
  • The word could also be a distortion of Latin [aqua] decocta, meaning “distilled water”.