World Cocktail Day

Every May 13th, cocktail lovers around the world come together to celebrate World Cocktail Day. This day marks a pivotal moment in cocktail history from May 13, 1806, when The Balance and Columbian Repository in upstate New York first defined the term "cocktail." The publication described it as a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters—elements that are now staples in cocktail crafting.

The origin of the word "Cocktail": A tale of tails and mixes

The term "cocktail" has an interesting backstory, believed to originate from horse racing. It referred to a mixed-breed horse with a tail resembling a cocked (upright) tail. Over time, this idea of mixing elements was adopted in the world of drinks, leading to the cocktail we know today.

World Cocktail Day is a special occasion for both reflection on the cocktail's storied past and excitement about its dynamic future. Whether you're an experienced mixologist or just enjoy a casual drink, May 13th is a day to enjoy a well-made cocktail, learn something new about this fascinating craft, and share in the global community of cocktail enthusiasts.

How to celebrate

A perfect way to honour this day is by enjoying an Old Fashioned, which closely matches the 1806 definition of a cocktail. This simple yet sophisticated drink connects us to the very essence of cocktail culture, highlighting how far the world of mixed drinks has evolved.

World Cocktail Day isn't just about drinking; it's about appreciating the art and science of mixology. Consider delving into the history of your favourite cocktails, attending a mixology class, or hosting a cocktail evening. It's a chance to celebrate the creativity and craftsmanship that go into every cocktail.

Join in, raise a glass, and celebrate the rich tradition and ongoing innovation in the world of cocktails!