cocktail

A cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink that’s usually served in a short glass. If you have too many cocktails, you may not find your way home.

A cocktail will usually contain some type of hard liquor — such as gin or whiskey — mixed with something else. For example, a screwdriver cocktail is vodka mixed with orange juice. Many cocktails are mixed with some type of fruit juice, which hides the alcohol's taste. The word is also used as an adjective to describe things associated with these popular beverages. You might, for example, buy a new cocktail party dress to wear to an upcoming cocktail party. How smashing!

Primary Meanings of cocktail

1.
n
an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
2.
n
a short mixed drink
Full Definitions of cocktail
1

n an appetizer served as a first course at a meal

Types:
fruit cocktail
a mixture of sliced or diced fruits
crab cocktail
a cocktail of cold cooked crabmeat and a sauce
shrimp cocktail
a cocktail of cold cooked shrimp and a sauce
Type of:
appetiser, appetizer, starter
food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
2

n a short mixed drink

Types:
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Bloody Mary
a cocktail made with vodka and spicy tomato juice
bullshot
a cocktail made with vodka and beef bouillon or consomme
daiquiri, rum cocktail
a cocktail made with rum and lime or lemon juice
gimlet
a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice
grasshopper
a cocktail made of creme de menthe and cream (sometimes with creme de cacao)
Harvey Wallbanger
a cocktail made of vodka or gin and orange juice and Galliano
manhattan
a cocktail made with whiskey and sweet vermouth with a dash of bitters
margarita
a cocktail made of tequila and triple sec with lime and lemon juice
martini
a cocktail made of gin (or vodka) with dry vermouth
gin and it
a cocktail made of gin and sweet vermouth
old fashioned
a cocktail made of whiskey and bitters and sugar with fruit slices
pink lady
a cocktail made of gin and brandy with lemon juice and grenadine shaken with an egg white and ice
Sazerac
a cocktail made with bourbon with bitters and Pernod and sugar served with lemon peel
screwdriver
a cocktail made with vodka and orange juice
sidecar
a cocktail made of orange liqueur with lemon juice and brandy
sour
a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar
stinger
a cocktail made of made of creme de menthe and brandy
planter's punch
a cocktail made of rum and lime or lemon juice with sugar and sometimes bitters
White Russian
a cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and milk or cream
Virgin Mary, bloody shame
a Bloody Mary made without alcohol
strawberry daiquiri
daiquiri with crushed strawberries
NADA daiquiri
a daiquiri made without alcohol
Rob Roy
a manhattan cocktail made with Scotch whiskey
vodka martini
martini made with vodka rather than gin
whiskey sour, whisky sour
a sour made with whiskey
Type of:
mixed drink
made of two or more ingredients

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