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!

Definitions of cocktail
  1. noun
    an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
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    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. noun
    a short mixed drink
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    Bloody Mary
    a cocktail made with vodka and spicy tomato juice
    a cocktail made with vodka and beef bouillon or consomme
    daiquiri, rum cocktail
    a cocktail made with rum and lime or lemon juice
    a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice
    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
    a cocktail made with whiskey and sweet vermouth with a dash of bitters
    a cocktail made of tequila and triple sec with lime and lemon juice
    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
    a cocktail made with bourbon with bitters and Pernod and sugar served with lemon peel
    a cocktail made with vodka and orange juice
    a cocktail made of orange liqueur with lemon juice and brandy
    a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar
    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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