A reader allegedly wrote in, and on May 13th 1806, the editor responded, thus defining for all time what exactly the newly born cocktail was. Thomas Jefferson was president.
The first appearance of the word "cocktail" as a type of drink was in a Hudson, New York newspaper on May 6th 1806.

Drinks were served in goblets, flip glasses (like a bar mixing glass, only smaller) or cups - like a Mint Julep cup.

The cocktail glass had not yet been invented.
The ingredients for early cocktails came not in bottles (glass was very fragile, time consuming to blow, and hard to transport.)

Cocktail's constituents came mostly in casks, dispensed into reused bar bottles and clay jugs.

Exhibit material collected and composed by: Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh
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