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This year is the 200th anniversary of the appearance in print of the word "cocktail," as the Boston Globe reports.

Sure, having a...

This year is the 200th anniversary of the appearance in print of the word "cocktail," as the Boston Globe reports.

Sure, having a sandwich named after you at a deli is nice, but what better way of ensuring lasting fame than having a drink named after you? Not many people have that luck, alas -- at least for widely known drinks. There's Tom Collins, but he may or may not have been a real person. There's also the Martini, but there again the origins are hazy, as is often the case with alcohol-related matters.

What's the value of the PR reaped by Manhattan from the cocktail of the same name? Incalculable. I believe the opportunities for new, lasting cocktails are limited, however, because simpler is better. The proper Martini, without question, is gin -- of either the London or Dutch type -- and a few drops of vermouth.

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