A cocktail is a blended alcoholic beverage that is either a blend of spirits, or one or more spirits that are mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, sugar, or cream. Based on the amount and kind of ingredients added, there are different kinds of cocktails. There has been controversy over the roots of the term drink. In The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York), May 13, 1806, the first recorded published reference to cocktail as an alcoholic beverage occurred. The emergence of cocktail culture in the form of mixology that combines conventional cocktails with other novel ingredients was seen in the early to mid-2000s.
Stimulating has always been a key cocktail target, but thanks to one man, Jerry Thomas, the real art of bartending has advanced. Jerry, or "Professor" Thomas, a prolific American bartender born in Connecticut who served in America and Europe and authored one of the first detailed recipe books, The Bartender's Guide (or How to Mix Drinks), literally an anthology of mixed drinks that became a bartenders' standard bearer.
Attention to Tiki gave way to attention to other cocktail cultures, and cocktail culture was on a modest upswing by the mid-20th century, only to take a step back when the cannabis cultures of the 60s and 70s strutted forward. Consider Crazy Men, Manhattans, Martini lunches. It was not until the 90s or so that a small but enthusiastic group of bartenders led by people like Dale Degroff at the popular Rainbow Room in New York started to revive Thomas's classic cocktail culture, taking historical traditions and stringent quality requirements back to a craft that had evolved into a sour mix, pre-fab bottled cocktails such as The Pink Squirrel, and shooters such as the Training
Everyone starts off somewhere new, with varying ambitions. Perhaps you want to be a nice host, ready for any order for a beer. Or maybe there's just a specific drink you wouldn't mind drinking from time to time at home. Where we should help. It should not be daunting to start off. You don't have to become a temple of mixology, you don't have to make your own syrups, you don't have to infuse your own bitters, you don't have to give out cocktails that will fit on a Paris runway. You don't need a graduate degree in potions or ample money to buy a set of booze that has its own wing. Simply taking this step by step.