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cocktail,

short mixed drink originating in the United States and served as an appetizer. It generally has a basis of gin, whisky, rum, or brandy combined with vermouth or fruit juices and often flavored with bitters or grenadine. It is blended by stirring or shaking in a vessel containing cracked ice. The term is also applied to nonalcoholic beverages served as appetizers, e.g., tomato juice cocktail, and also to mixed, cut-up fruits and to shellfish and oysters served with a sharp sauce.

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(Russian, kokteil), a drink made of a combination of such ingredients as vodka, bitters, fruit liqueurs, grape wines, cognac, rum, juices, fruits, berries, cream, eggs, honey, ice cream, and ice. Cocktails are usually bright and varicolored. They are prepared as either strong drinks or dessert drinks; they are carefully mixed in a metal shaker. Some cocktails do not need mixing and are prepared directly in goblets or tall wineglasses.

cocktail

1
a. any mixed drink with a spirit base, usually drunk before meals
b. (as modifier): the cocktail hour
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1. a horse with a docked tail
2. an animal of unknown or mixed breeding
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The third man drank his cocktail and spoke no word.
It is mighty nigh five bells, and I should be very pleased to have one of your delicious cocktails ere I go down to dine.
Furthermore, at that time in my life I did not know what a cocktail was.
Skinner saw the preparations for their repast, the oysters, the cocktails in tall glasses, the magnum of champagne in ice, and chuckled.
At the head-waiter's suggestion I have ordered a cocktail with the oysters, and if we are much later he seemed to fear that it might affect the condition of the - I think it was terrapin, he said.
Meanwhile, I shall ask you to begin with this cocktail, composed--would you say `composed?
Then, all things considered," spoke Arobin, "it might not be amiss to start out by drinking the Colonel's health in the cocktail which he composed, on the birthday of the most charming of women--the daughter whom he invented.
I met him once in the streets of Washington last year, and had a cocktail with him at the Atlantic House.
And a Martini cocktail for me," the young man ordered.
I wonder if it is possible to concoct a punch or a cocktail out of trade rum?
No cop for youse," said the waiter, with a voice like butter cakes and an eye like the cherry in a Manhattan cocktail.
Bill drank the proffered cocktail not unwillingly, and putting down the empty glass, remonstrated.