From the July 1976 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

A Different Bicentennial

Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information.

In 1776, the cocktail was invented by a barmaid named Betsy Flanagan. She decided on a whim to decorate the bar she tended at Halls Corner in Elmsford, N.Y., not with garlands of daisies, but with the discarded tail feathers of a bird long since roasted and eaten.

With vision dimmed by one too many cups of ale, a patron demanded that Flanagan "bring a glass of those cocktails."...

-- Joan Ryan

Washington, District of Columbia