Meaning: an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
Meaning: a short mixed drink
"Hilda and I are dying for a cocktail, Mr. Romilly."
In that kind of society they don't get drunk and blab after their tenth cocktail.
A green grape dropped in a cocktail so the customer can pull it out with his fingers.
"That's a fair question," Blount replied, inverting a cocktail jug over his glass to extract the last few drops.
Going to a bartending machine, von Schlichten dialed the cocktail they had decided upon and inserted his key to charge the drinks to his account, filling a four-portion jug.
But," he added confidentially, dropping his voice and taking them both by the arm, "I have made a cocktail down in my stateroom--it's there in the shaker waiting for us, something I can't talk about.
"To begin with, there was a rusty nail in my clam cocktail, and it nearly choked me to death. I tried hard to keep Mrs. Innitt from seeing what had happened, but she is watchful if not brainy, and all my efforts went for naught.