The word cocktail has something to do with the way a horse’s tail can fan out… what that has to do with a mixed drink, I’m not sure but if you have enough of the drinks, you don’t really care anyway. Supposedly the idea of the cocktail began in 1806 as mentioned by the Balance & Columbian Repository. (Whoever they are) They described a cocktail as something that may, or may not, contain sweets, waters and/or bitters. Somehow I imagine a cocktail was available prior to 1806 but just not stated as such. Bartenders and mixologist create these drinks for customers who require something more than just booze.
How to celebrate – Decide which cocktail you like best. Become a bartender. Look for who created your favorite drink.