World Cocktail Day

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World Cocktail Day is a global celebration of cocktails of the 13th of May.[1] It marks the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail on May 13 in 1806.

The New York tabloid ‘The Balance and Columbian Repository’ defined a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters…” in response to a reader’s question. It was written by editor Harry Croswell in response to a reader’s inquiry, replete with colonial-era long's and a bit of dry wit about the day’s politicians.[2]

A cocktail, is used to refer to a drink that contains two or more ingredients with at least one of in the ingredients alcohol. The word ‘cocktail’ has now become embedded in our drinking vocabulary as the drinks are widely accessible with their ingredients easy to adapt to suit every taste.


  1. ^ "World Cocktail Day® 2017 - World Cocktail Day". World Cocktail Day. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  2. ^ "A Toast to World Cocktail Day". Bevvy. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-03.