Can you copyright a cocktail?

on 01/09/10 at 8:54 pm

Booze News

Boozenews note: Publishing this article, despite inaccuracies pointed out in the COMMENTS, as it focuses on an interesting question.

Shortly after the tiki-themed cocktail lounge Painkiller opened its doors on the Lower East Side of Manhattan this May, a man walked into the bar and threatened to issue a cease and desist order. Pusser’s, which distills a Navy-proof rum in the British Virgin Islands, trademarked the recipe for a Painkiller cocktail back in 1989. The man claimed that Painkiller’s owners, Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato, had no right to the name of the bar or its namesake cocktail, which they like to make with rums from Martinique and Jamaica. He was promptly sent packing.

{Full story via The Atlantic}