You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member


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).

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

25,757 Keywords · 47,058 Synonyms · 5,310 Translations · 31,074 Pronunciations · 174,477 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon