Despite our love of cocktails and the mixologists that now dot every city, many of our favorite spiked drinks are steeped in myth. What is the story behind the White Russian and the Gin Fizz, and where did they come from? Thanks to this awesome graphic by Vinepair, you can now drop some knowledge darts and say, with authority, that the Manhattan truly was invented in NYC.
The above map shows drinks from North America and the Caribbean. What were the most interesting things we learned?
• Your favorite cocktail was probably born on some coast—every drink listed comes from a coastal region except the Mint Julep, which nebulously lists “The South” as its birthplace.
• The Dude was enjoying a near-regional specialty in The Big Lebowski. Although the Coen Brothers film takes place in Los Angeles, the White Russian hails from just up the coast in Oakland.
• Don’t sleep on New Orleans’ cocktail history. The Southern city is a mecca for both food and drink, with the Grasshopper, Sazerac, and Ramos Gin Fizz all calling NOLA home.
Find out more spirit history from South America and Western Europe here and start flooring your foreign friends at your local watering hole, too.