Definition of hard sauce in US English:

hard sauce


  • A sauce of butter and sugar, typically with brandy, rum, or vanilla added.

    • ‘Serve this hard sauce with bread pudding or other dessert.’
    • ‘My mother would make her favorite bread pudding: layers of buttered bread sandwiching mincemeat and marmalade, doused with cream and eggs, baked until puffy as a quilted pillow, and slathered with hard sauce.’
    • ‘When it came to dessert, my family expected pumpkin pie and I was partial to my grandmother's recipe for old-fashioned brandied mince pie with white ‘hard sauce.’’
    • ‘Freeman Moser, Tearoom coordinator, said the menu soon will include a baked apple with a ginger hard sauce and homemade apple strudel.’


hard sauce

/härd sôs/