The cocktail illusion

What Do People Order at Cocktail Bars?

The cocktail is arguably the greatest of America’s early cultural inventions. The martini, cosmopolitan, and long island iced tea are not just nice ways to get a buzz—they represent the beginning of an American aesthetic. The cocktail historian David Wondrich writes “that [a] facility with mixing drink was the first legitimate culinary art, and the first uniquely American cultural product to catch the world’s imagination.” Today, most drinkers are unaware of their cocktail’s provenance. We asked dozens of patrons of the San Francisco cocktail bar Rye when and where they thought their old fashioned or manhattan was invented. ….[READ]