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5/2010 Who Invented the Cocktail?

Source: Life magazine (1950s)

The June 2010 issue of The Atlantic Monthly carries yet another interesting piece by Wayne Curtis.

Folks like to say that Americans invented the cocktail, but Curtis discusses the thesis from a forthcoming book (Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl) that cocktails actually evolved from Olde World punch. 

Which is perfectly believable.  Really, what’s the difference between a cocktail and punch?  Take the much beloved Vodka and Cranberry juice “cocktail”—how exactly is it different from spiked punch? Answer: It isn’t.

It’s a provocative read, and we’re pleased that Curtis keeps delivering good hooch writing.  You can read his blog at


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