The Chanticleer Society
A Worldwide Organization of Cocktail Enthusiasts

Frequently Asked Questions (aka. FAQ)

Here are a few of what we feel might be the common questions you might have about the Chanticleer Society:

Q: Who can join the Chanticleer Society?

A: The Chanticleer Society is for cocktail enthusiasts, but anybody can join.

Q: What are the dues?

A: At the current time there aren't any dues.

Q: What are the benefits of membership?

A: Primary benefits of membership is access to the discussion forum here. We are looking at adding other benefits in the future.

Q: What exactly does the Chanticleer Society do?

A: We are an organization focused on promoting appreciation and respect of the cocktail and other mixed drinks which are prepared with attention to culinary detail.

Q: What does "Chanticleer" stand for?

A: According to Encarta:

chan·ti·cleer [ chánti kleer, shánti kleer ] (plural chan·ti·cleers)

• male domestic fowl: a rooster, especially in fairy tales (literary)

The usage was inspired by a newspaper quote uncovered by David Wondrich:

"The Sunday Mercury says that if you are at a hotel, and wish to call for a beverage compounded of brandy, sugar, absynthe, bitters and ice, called by the vulgar a cocktail, ask for une queue de chanticleer-it will be an evidence at once of your knowledge of French and of Chesterfield."
- The New Orleans Daily Picayune, February 2, 1843, p.2

Which appeared to be suggesting that perhaps "cocktail" was deemed a little too vulgar of a term to be used by proper society, and suggested instead to say "a tail of the rooster".

Q: So why use an obscure term like "Chanticleer" which you have to then explain to everybody?

A: We were searching for a name for the organization which would reflect the more refined and respectful approach we want to take in regarding the cocktail. "Cocktail Appreciation Society" just didn't quite seem right, nor did several of the other names we considered. "The Chanticleer Society" just had a nice ring to it.

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