These days a lot of people enjoy cocktail. Especially it is loved in America. We can find it almost everywhere in America, without exception. It is one of the light refreshments, and almost everyone drinks it when they need some beverage that is light enough or not too heavy. So a large number of cocktail is consumed at parties. Cocktail is a beverage that over two different beverages are mixed together. When a beverage is not a mixture of two beverages or over, we don’t call it as a cocktail. Then, we can tell the ‘mix’ expresses the major identity of the cocktail.
Well, actually this is not an essay about cocktail. Now, let’s go to our main, the most important question. What is America? Who is American? They are very complicated questions. Yes, it is, because America is very complicated. I would like to say America is like a huge cocktail. America is very diverse; many different cultures are mixed together. And ‘diversity’ makes a great portion of the identity of America.
Similar to a cocktail, there are a lot of different people with different cultures. As the originally different beverages make one totally new cocktail, many different cultures made America. Defining America is very hard. I think because America is a great mixture of a lot of things. Even if America has all features of the cultures that are mixed, it cannot be defined as ‘this culture’, but it is not ‘that culture’ too. America is nothing but it is all things. It’s like cocktail.
As a stranger, I always learned America as a land of diversity. To young me, America was very interesting country. Korea was usually told like a single-race nation. Of course now it has changed very much, but in the past it made Korea seems really different from other countries. I was very curious about America and it made me read some books about America. And I got to know some about America. At first, there were Native Americans, so called Indians. However, Europeans came into America, and America began to be diverse. Europeans first settled in the East coast of America, and went to the West coast. In the process, there were a lot of events. In the time of Gold Rush, and because of the American Dream, many Asians went to America, too. And now, we can tell that America is the most diverse region in the world. As the beverage which is not mixed is not a cocktail, if America doesn’t have diversity, it is not America.
Therefore, I think a cocktail can function as a symbol of America. There is wine and baguette in France, beer and sausage in Germany, sake and sushi in Japan, and almost all countries have their own representatives. How about America? I couldn’t think of anything special like the examples above. Some might think of hamburgers, but it doesn’t look enough as a representative. Coca-Cola? It might be, but I think it is a result of successful marketing, not a cultural one. So cocktail might work as a representative of America. It connects well with the image of America, and many people enjoy cocktail. A country first made cocktail as popular refreshment is also America (Encyclopedia), so it seems it make a sense to look cocktail as a symbol of America.