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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.

Cocktail

 

(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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cocktail

2
1. a horse with a docked tail
2. an animal of unknown or mixed breeding
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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.
Miss Mayblunt begged to be allowed to keep her cocktail untouched before her, just to look at.
The Third Three conspired over whiskey cocktails and a clean sheet of note-paper against the British Empire and all that lay therein.
And a Martini cocktail for me," the young man ordered.
A thin envelope from an editor in the morning's mail was more stimulating than half a dozen cocktails.
His face was flushed, and he exhaled a strong odour of cigars and cocktails.
Skinner saw the preparations for their repast, the oysters, the cocktails in tall glasses, the magnum of champagne in ice, and chuckled.
Likewise they decree the things that are not shop and which may be talked about, and those things are the latest operas, latest novels, cards, billiards, cocktails, automobiles, horse shows, trout fishing, tuna-fishing, big-game shooting, yacht sailing, and so forth - and mark you, these are the things the idlers know.
We didn't know cocktails in those days, but we had sherry and bitters.
There were no olives for the cocktails, and the service was by hitches and jerks.
None of the men got drunk, although there were cocktails in vacuum bottles and red wine in a huge demijohn.
Of American cocktails he had a fair working knowledge, and he appreciated ragtime.