American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorless brandy made from the fermented juice of cherries.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common contraction of kirsch-wasser.
- n. often capitalized A clear brandy made from black cherries: kirchwasser
- n. from fermented juice of black morello cherries
- German Kirschwasser, “cherry water” (Wiktionary)
- French, short for German Kirschwasser; see kirschwasser. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After the aspic, he carved the breast of the chicken for her, helped her to salad, and mixed the ice water with the _sirop_ to exactly the strength he liked himself; after the chicken, he helped her to meringues, and after the meringues lighted the kirsch of the _poires au kirsch_, which he had chosen because it always pleased him to see the kirsch burn, and ate one of the pears himself, while she ate the others.”
“The best of the cherry brandies I tasted wasn't even labeled a "kirsch" per se.”
“The vintage conditions also were difficult enough to produce a lot of wines with overt signs of overripeness - which not only produces undesirable aromatic and flavor combinations such as prunes, kirsch and boysenberry syrup, but also takes away from any expression of terroir and really muddies focus and precision on the palate.”
“Pour over them the following liquid, which has been made from a wineglassful each of the following but no other liqueurs, all mixed thoroughly together: brandy, kirsch, cointreau, benedictine, maraschino, and a touch of kümmel.”
“He lined up all his ingredients—the cheese, the kirsch, a bottle of white wine, cornstarch, pepper, a clove of garlic, a little baking soda.”
“A block of Gruyère; a slightly smaller one of Vacherin; a thin bottle of kirsch.”
“All the traditional flavours feature vanilla, rum and raisin, and mint choc chip among the 20 or more on offer, with a few experimental ones such as kirsch cherry or lime and ginger.”
“Pumpkin pie is my absolute favorite! cecilia Nov 17 cherry pie! especially if it has a touch of kirsch in it. yum!”
“And, along with an array of dazzling wines, he presents the Lieblings with this dinner: vegetable soup, trout, boiled chicken, an omelette au kirsch for dessert.”
“Might this have included hard cider, kirsch, or calvados?”
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