This article needs to be updated to focus on definitions of the word "cocktail" that can be found in valid sources. It needs vast reduction in focus and scope. It should not contain a list of drinks, unless it can be established in narrative that those drinks are actually called cocktails in narrative.
Cocktails were a combination usually of a spirit or spirits and other beverages to form a mixed alcoholic drink. Cocktails quite often had fanciful names, usually not relating to the beverages that made up the drink.[source needed]