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 Cockswain, or COXSWAIN [cox’n].Cocqcigrues. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The New York World, 1891, tells us that this is an Aztec word, and that “the liquor was discovered by a Toltec noble, who sent it to the king by the hand of his daughter Xochitl. The king fell in love with the maiden, drank the liquor, and called them xoc-tl, a name perpetuated by the word cocktail.   1
   Cocktail is an iced drink made of spirits mixed with bitters, sugar, and some aromatic flavouring. Champagne cocktail is champagne flavoured with Angostura bitters; soda cocktail is soda-water, sugar, and bitters.   2
        “Did ye iver try a brandy cocktail, Cornel?”—Thackeray: The Newcomes, xiii.

 Cockswain, or COXSWAIN [cox’n].Cocqcigrues. 


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