Although cocktails are thought to be as American as apple pie, they’re actually a hand-me-down from the British. The Brits were known for alcoholic punches, in which they mixed liquor, fruit juices, and spices. Many of today’s most popular cocktails have histories that span the globe and complicated backstories — the details of which have often been lost. From the medicinal mojito to the Paris-born bloody mary, here are the legends behind 20 famous cocktails. As with most legends, take them with a grain (or rim) of salt.
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