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Cocktail

Alcoholic mixed drink, about whose name origin (German: Hahnenschwanz) there are a number of different versions. The best known derives from cockfighting, which was popular in the southern USA in the mid-19th century. The tail feathers of the losing cock were pulled out and given to the owner of the winner. The victory and the trophy won were then sealed with a drink "on the cock's tail". Later, the drink was called a cocktail for short. A second version comes from the US War of Independence in 1777. The tavernkeeper Betsy Flanagan in New England preferred to entertain soldiers of the rebels. One evening she mixed a drink of fruit juice and rum, which she decorated with a feather. This had previously been the showpiece of a British man's cock. A young French rebel officer praised the composition with the words: Vive le coq's tail! (Long live the cock's tail).

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