12/11/2011 08:34 am ET Updated Feb 08, 2012

Visiting The Homelands Of 10 Famous Cocktails (PHOTOS)

Can you imagine Churchill without a Martini in hand or a book by Hemingway that didn't describe copious cocktail variations? But, have you ever wondered where and when your favorite 5 o'clock drink came from? Was a Manhattan truly invented in Manhattan? Where do Mojitos really come from? Who was Tom Collins anyway? Is a Mai Tai really Hawaiian?

The cocktail has infused itself into our popular, historical and literary culture, often becoming as iconic as the famous men and women who drank them. From the classic Martini to the lesser known Singapore Sling, here is a list of 10 classic cocktails and the often-controversial stories behind them.

Read away and the next time you are downing your drink at your favorite watering hole or politely sipping your drink at a fancy cocktail party, you can impress your friends with your knowledge of where that delightful (or not so delightful) mixture of alcohols really originated.


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Photos by: wenno, futureshape, Kenn Wilson, karmacamilleeon, Jonathon Watney, djbones, mil8, Clint Gardner, killerfemme, cowfish