food/drink 18 Surprising Origin Stories of Your Favorite Cocktails  

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List Rules Vote up the most interesting and fascinating origin stories of cocktails, not just your favorite cocktails that leave you with a massive hangover each Saturday morning.

Have you ever wondered how your favorite cocktails and alcoholic drinks were first conceived and how they got their names? Cocktail mixology goes back to the 1860s when alcohol was originally being mixed with water, sugar, and bitters. Today, your favorite libations may have any number of things mixed into them, from fruit purees to syrups to sodas. Whether you're a cocktail connoisseur or a casual bar patron, it's always nice to know where your favorite alcoholic drink originally came from.

What's your favorite cocktail? From Irish coffees to simple gin and tonics, we've got you covered. Read on to learn about the history of these great drinks, and vote up the most interesting origin stories that go with each one. From James Bond to rowdy teenagers on Spring Break, each of these popular cocktails had to start somewhere.

Whether you like vodka, rum, gin, or just about anything mixed with orange juice, this list is full of great drinks that all have unique origins you might not have known. Impress that hottie at the bar with the story behind what he or she is drinking, and bottoms up!
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Irish Coffee


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On one particular cold night at Foynes Airport in the early 1940s, a group of Americans disembarked from their Pan-Am flying boat feeling absolutely frigid. In order to help them warm up quicker, the airport's head chef gave them all coffee with a few drops of whiskey in it. One passenger asked him if the robust drink was Brazilian coffee. The chef replied, "No, that's Irish coffee!"

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Margarita


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There's an old drink called the Daisy, which is a mix of brandy, triple sec, and lemon juice. According to legend, one day, a bartender in Tijuana was making a Daisy and accidentally grabbed a bottle of tequila instead of brandy. The accident became a hit at the bar, and it was quickly dubbed a Margarita (the Spanish word for daisy).

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Old Fashioned


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The name of Don Draper's favorite drink is pretty self explanatory. In the old days, a cocktail was a simple mix of liquor, water and sugar. As more diverse cocktails came into being, the original recipe became old fashioned, eventually earning it this name.

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Moonwalk


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In 1969, legendary bartender Joe Gilmore created this drink to celebrate the first moon landing. This spirited drink (a mix of grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier, rose water, and champagne) was sent to the Apollo 11 astronauts upon their arrival back to the Earth and was the first thing they had after leaving quarantine.

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