The origin of some of drinking culture's favorite alcoholic concoctions can be traced not simply to a country, state, or city, but even the very bar where it was first enjoyed. Take the Manhattan, for instance—a classic combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters—which was conceived at New York establishment, and namesake, The Manhattan Club in the late 1800s. Or consider the Mai Tai, the rum-based tropical drink, which, as it happens, actually comes from a little spot called Trader Vic's in Oakland, California.
Beverage industry site Vinepair combed through the history of 36 of the most popular cocktails to find out where they were first made.
In some cases the researchers were only able to narrow down the origin to a city (the White Russian, for example, which is perhaps best known for its borderline disgusting prevalence in the film The Big Lebowski, can only be linked back to Oakland, Calif.). In others, they were only able to pinpoint the country (Sangria, Vinepair concedes, is Spanish—nothing narrower). And in four cases—for the Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Martini, and Old Fashioned—the roots were either so disputed so cloudy that they failed to settle on a vanishing point in the past.
But for the most part the concoctions were traceable to a single bar or restaurant.
Here are the all 32, mapped (click on the images for bigger versions):