National Cocktail Day

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Brace yourself for the information shake-up as we stir some fun facts into your cocktail of knowledge about National Cocktail Day. This is the day we all remember that life, indeed, is much like a cocktail, full of different ingredients and experiences, mixed in a shaker called life.

When is Cocktail Day?

It's national cocktail day on the 24th March.

A Splash of History

National Cocktail Day is not just some fancy day to glorify our indulgence in the colorful libations. No, no. This goes back to the internet archives, up and bubbling since the first mentions in 2017. The zenith came about on 24 Mar 2017, which saw the most mentions - a whopping 2812!

Triple Sec of Growth

The online search trends recorded for National Cocktail Day show an impressive growth every year. The popularity of this day has been on the rocks, without the bitter taste of course. From professional mixologists to your next door neighbor with their secret muddled mint recipe, everyone raises their glasses to the utter charm of cocktails.

The Perfect Blend

National Cocktail Day serves as a delightful reminder that cocktails aren't just about the drink, they're about the joy of experimenting, creating and sharing. From a simple gin and tonic to extravagant, multi-layered concoctions, they truly encapsulate the spirit of creativity in a glass.

Raising the Bar

As you raise your glass to celebrate National Cocktail Day next time, remember the growth, the joy, and the creativity it stands for. Whether or not you're a fan of these tantalizing refreshments, you’ll certainly appreciate the global stir this day has made online. So, let’s cheers to the internet and its love for our favorite libations!

History behind the term 'Cocktail'


Definition by a New York Newspaper

In 1806, a New York newspaper referred to a cocktail as a stimulating liquor composed of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. This definition marked the first recorded usage of the term 'cocktail' to describe a specific type of alcoholic beverage. The word 'cocktail' is believed to have originated from the practice of serving mixed drinks with a feathered rooster's tail as a decorative garnish.


Publication of the First Cocktail Recipe Book

In 1862, the publication of 'The Bartender's Guide' by Jerry Thomas revolutionized the cocktail scene. Thomas included various cocktail recipes, which helped to popularize the term and establish cocktails as an art form. This book introduced classic cocktail recipes like the Whiskey Sour, Champagne Cocktail, and Tom Collins, further solidifying the importance of cocktails in the drinking culture.


Invention of the Cocktail Shaker

The invention of the cocktail shaker in 1874 by a French bartender named Louis M. Diat brought about a new era of cocktail mixing. The cocktail shaker allowed bartenders to easily mix and chill ingredients, resulting in a more consistent and well-blended cocktail. This development further popularized the consumption of cocktails and helped establish the cocktail shaker as an essential tool in bars around the world.


Prohibition and Speakeasies

The period of Prohibition in the United States from 1920 to 1933 greatly impacted the cocktail culture. With the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages prohibited, illegal bars known as speakeasies emerged. Bartenders and mixologists had to get creative with the use of homemade spirits, flavored syrups, and other ingredients to craft cocktails. This era led to the invention of a wide range of new cocktails, including the iconic drinks like the Bee's Knees and the Southside Fizz.


Tiki Culture and Exotic Cocktails

In the 1930s, the world was introduced to the enchanting world of tiki culture. Inspired by Polynesian aesthetics and flavors, bartenders like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic created tropical-themed cocktails that transported people to faraway islands. Exotic ingredients such as rum, tropical fruits, and elaborate garnishes became staples of tiki cocktails. This era of mixology brought about the popularity of drinks like the Mai Tai and Zombie, sparking the imaginations of cocktail enthusiasts worldwide.


Craft Cocktail Renaissance

The 1980s marked the beginning of the craft cocktail renaissance, where bartenders and mixologists started to focus on creating artisanal cocktails with attention to detail, quality ingredients, and innovative techniques. This movement emphasized the revival of classic cocktails, the use of fresh produce and herbs, and the creation of unique flavor combinations. Craft cocktail bars and speakeasy-style establishments sprouted up globally, showcasing the artistry and complexity of cocktails. Today, the craft cocktail scene continues to evolve, with new techniques, flavors, and concepts emerging regularly.

Did you know?

Did you know that the word 'cocktail' was first defined in print in 1806 by The Balance, and Columbian Repository newspaper?


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First identified

13th May 2015

Most mentioned on

24th March 2017

Total mentions


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