A Legend Is Born
While several theories have been developed to explain the origin of the word, the cocktail is today a unique sensory experience of a knowingly blended mixture. This gustatory experience is enhanced by its visual aspect.
Cocktails all have their origins as one of the first techniques invented to preserve fruits and spices. From the famous punch blending such ingredients with rum and sugar up to the commercial development of cocktail recipes for eager clients in search of new sensations, the cocktail spread through England and the United States beginning in the late 17th century. The British civilization, a dominant culture in the world, was the first to become interested in this new type of concoction. As new spirits were discovered such as rum and gin, these alcohols would be quickly integrated into more flavorful drinks that would necessitate the import of exotic ingredients from elsewhere in the colonial empire.