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The cocktail is the preliminary entering wedge of the formal luncheon.
Pheola let me get her a cocktail dress in one of the women's shops.
As shown in Fig. 20, such a cocktail is served in a stemmed glass set on a small plate.
Dick looked at the time and found that the cocktail had given him an appetite.
Before the cocktail was consumed Bull had listened to a long story of British Columbia, and forests of incomparable extent.
If it had been a whiskey glass, or a cocktail glass, the results might have been fatal.
On the way he stopped at the Pay-Streak Saloon to fortify himself with a cocktail.
He smoked some and had his glass of wine now and then—even had a cocktail or two on occasion.
It was cocktail time when they returned; conversationally, it was a continuation from lunch.
He handed Carpenter a glass and each drank off his cocktail at a quaff.
cocktail first attested 1806; H.L. Mencken lists seven versions of its origin, perhaps the most persuasive is Fr. coquetier "egg-cup." In New Orleans, c.1795, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, an apothecary (and inventor of Peychaud bitters) held Masonic social gatherings at his pharmacy, where he mixed brandy toddies with his own bitters and served them in an egg-cup. The drink took the name of the cup, in Eng. cocktay. Cocktail party first attested 1928.