The cocktail

The English invented the first recorded cocktail when in 1832 a Mr Campbell Johnson of Basildon, Essex asked for a pint of beer with “just a splash of lemonade” in it.

The “lager top” had been created and soon the classic English cocktails the “shandy”, the “lager and lime” and the “snakebite and black”  were the most popular drinks at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Waldorf in New York, the Dingo’s Nuggets in Sydney and all other colonial back-waters.

Tom Cruise prepares a Lager Top, his signature cocktail in the film "Cocktail"

Tom Cruise prepares a Lager Top, his signature cocktail in the film "Cocktail"

Related non-invention:
Cocktail onion (Non-invented by the Californians): It’s just a small onion.  You don’t put onions in your drinks Keanu!

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