Instant Expert!: Cocktails from A to Z Share Print Learn all you need to know about cocktails, including bartender basics, must-have bar tools and common drink ingredients in our A to Z cocktail and bartender guide. Text by Rebecca Flint Marx and Stacy Adimando Prev Next 4/28 C is for Cocktail There are many theories about where the word originated and what defines it. Simply stated, a COCKTAIL is any blend of spirits with mixers like syrup, soda or cream. Get our best 30-minute dinner ideas now!