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Bourbon, an American whiskey, is a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. It has been distilled since the 18th century, but the name "Bourbon" was not applied until the 1850s. The designation probably derived from Bourbon county, organized in 1785 as a unit within western Virginia which eventually, in 1792, became the separate state of Kentucky; it was named in honor of the French dynasty that had assisted the Americans in their revolution against the UK. Whiskey was an early product of the area, and whiskey barrels from the area were marked Old Bourbon when they were shipped down the Ohio River.In 1874, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Martin Wilkes Heron, a bartender for Arthur McCauley's saloon (close to Bourbon Street), invented a whiskey liqueur with fruit and spice accents which he called Cuffs and Buttons. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1889 and patented his drink as Southern Comfort. He returned to his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, by 1910 and operated his own bar, which bore a sign "Two per customer. No Gentleman would ask for more."Ginger ale is a ginger-flavored carbonated soft drink.In the 1850s Thomas Joseph Cantrell, an Irish apothecary and surgeon, invented "golden" ginger ale, which was marketed by Grattan and Company. John J. McLaughlin, a chemist and pharmacist (whose father Robert would found the firm that became General Motors of Canada) established a soda water bottling plant in Toronto, Ontario, in 1890 and in 1904 began developing flavor extracts to add to the water, including a dry (or pale) gonger ale. He patented Canada Dry Ginger Ale in 1907.. Having established a soda water bottling plant in 1890,
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