People drinking alcohol blew up in a time when they didn’t trust water; just ask Ben Franklin which he preferred. Since colonies started forming in North America the cocktails people chose to drink have been defining the history of the continent. Captain Morgan kept his men drunk with grog to both motivate and control them, while President Washington led troops to squash the Whiskey Rebellion, and on to Prohibition when the cocktail really came of age. From early settlers’ rum to Ernest Hemingway’s daiquiris the origins of cocktails all tell a story that is ingrained in history. We’ll even include their recipes.