If you were around in the back of a bar in New York City in 1776 you might have been involved in the origin of the word "cocktails". Have you ever wondered why we drink "cocktails"? Where did that name come from? Well, here is the answer.
Some 236 years ago today, a bar in New York had bird tail feathers placed in a glass on display behind the bar up against the wall. It was used as a decoration. Patrons would ask about it and the bartender would answer that they are "cocktails". A customer jokingly asked for a glass of those "cocktails" and thus a tradition was born that still lives today.
I suggest you tell this story to someone before you decide to down a few cocktails. Otherwise, the story may not come out the same.