a short mixed drink
an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
A mixed alcoholic beverage.
They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
A mixture of other substances.
"Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream of the chemical factory."
"now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music" - The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Origin: many unproven stories exist. The word first appeared in 1806 (see citation below). The non-drink sense is by extension of the drink sense.
a beverage made of brandy, whisky, or gin, iced, flavored, and sweetened
a horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in his veins
a mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward
a species of rove beetle; -- so called from its habit of elevating the tail
A cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink that contains three or more ingredients—at least one of the ingredients must be a spirit, one sweet/sugary and one sour/bitter. Cocktails were originally a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. It is now often used for almost any mixed drink that contains alcohol, including mixers, mixed shots, etc. A cocktail today usually contains one or more kinds of spirit and one or more mixers, such as soda or fruit juice. Additional ingredients may be sugar, honey, milk, cream, and various herbs.
Etymology and Origins
Tradition has it that one of Montezuma’s nobles sent a draught of a new beverage concocted by him from the cactus plant to the Emperor by his daughter Xochitl. The Aztec monarch smiled, tasted it, gulped it down with a relish, and, it is said, afterwards married the girl; thenceforward this drink became the native tipple, and for centuries it bore the softened name of Octel. The corruption of Octel into Cocktail by the soldiers of the American Army when, under General Scott, they invaded Mexico, about sixty years ago, was easy.
The numerical value of cocktail in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of cocktail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2