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 cocktail 

1. A beverage that combines an alcohol (such as bourbon, gin, rum, scotch or vodka) with a mixer (such as fruit juice, soda or liqueur). Popular cocktails include MARTINI, OLD FASHIONED and TOM COLLINS. 2. This term also applies to an appetizer served before a meal such as a "seafood" or "fruit" cocktail, which would be a dish of mixed seafood or mixed fruit respectively.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.


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