One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brandy distilled from the fermented residue of grapes after they have been pressed in winemaking.
- ‘Italy's grappa is the most famous of this style of distillate.’
- ‘I got a little boy to go for a bottle of cognac but he came back and said he could only get grappa.’
- ‘Local residents brought white flags, set fire to the tracks and drank wine and grappa before being driven away by police.’
- ‘Serve it at the end of a special meal instead of brandy or grappa.’
- ‘There are half a dozen different eaux de vie, grappas, Calvados, Armagnacs, as well as a comprehensive beer and wine list.’
- ‘Fred buys some coffee and grappa and then goes to find Catherine.’
- ‘He also produces fruit royale liqueurs, lower in alcohol and made of pear, raspberry, and cherry wines fortified with eaux-de-vie, as well as a clear, potent, dry, fruity grappa.’
- ‘The wine list was modest and imaginative, though, and the ice-cold Sardinian grappa was excellent.’
- ‘Sitting on the terrace of his family's restaurant, washing down a home-made strudel with lashings of local raspberry grappa, I could see what he meant.’
- ‘They all lunch at home over three sumptuous courses and grappa.’
- ‘The Parmesan ice-cream can be served to finish a meal, perhaps with some grapes and a glass of grappa.’
- ‘Comparable to grappa, genepy is quite harsh and bitter and, therefore, is often added to espresso or strong coffee in order to dilute its strong taste.’
- ‘They came in a flurry, mostly foreign stuff - brandies, liqueurs and a lot of grappa.’
- ‘Oregon pears, apples, cherries, raspberries, and grapes are transformed into grappas, brandy, and eau-de-vie.’
- ‘Vodka and grappa drinkers needing that extra alcoholic kick should give this a try.’
- ‘Rose and Ruth suggest cherry focaccia, cherry sorbet and a delicious looking drink: grappa with cherry juice.’
- ‘At some point we ordered grappa and the rest is a blur.’
- ‘There, they grew most of the food they sold, produced their own olive oil and wine, distilled their own grappa, cured their own meats, and ground their own flour for bread and pasta.’
- ‘In Italy such brandies are called grappa, in Portugal bagaceira.’
- ‘It's perfect after dinner with a cup of coffee and a glass of grappa.’
Italian, literally ‘grape stalk’, of Germanic origin.
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