American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sweet cordial flavored with fruit kernels or almonds.
- n. A biscuit flavored with ratafia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sweet, cordial flavored with fruits: sometimes limited to those the flavor of which is obtained from black currants, bitter almonds, or peach- and cherry-kernels.
- n. A kind of fancy cake or biscuit.
- n. A flavoring essence of which the principal ingredient is benzoic aldehyde or oil of bitter almonds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A spirituous liquor flavored with the kernels of cherries, apricots, peaches, or other fruit, spiced, and sweetened with sugar; -- a term applied to the liqueurs called
noyau, curaçao, etc.
- n. macaroon flavored with ratafia liqueur
- n. sweet liqueur made from wine and brandy flavored with plum or peach or apricot kernels and bitter almonds
- French, perhaps of West Indian Creole origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For the finale, a traditional liqueur called ratafia is steeping basically fruit and spices soaked in brandy for a few weeks, and although declaring herself "not crafty," Curtis is trying gamely to hand-paint teacups.”
“The stronger or less diluted the spirit is taken, the sooner it seems to destroy, as in dram-drinkers; but still sooner, when kernels of apricots, or bitter almonds, or laurel-leaf, are infused in the spirit, which is termed ratafia; as then two poisons are swallowed at the same time.”
“Then came trifle, ratafia biscuits, and a baked custard dusted with cinnamon, and three types of cheeses and grapes to finish.”
“A fire was burning in the grate to warm the salon, and ratafia biscuits and a flask of sherry were arrayed on a side table.”
“Right now, Dervishton and Falkland were gallantly arguing over who should fetch her a new glass of ratafia.”
“Her hand tightened about her glass of ratafia as their gazes locked.”
“The ladies made themselves at home in the blue sitting room to talk, sip ratafia, and await the arrival of the gentlemen.”
“Ratafia pudding made with almonds, cream & bread and a sauce of ratafia”
“Over macaroons and ratafia, the ladies of the DuVal, Branch, and Gamble families made sure that the Browards and the Tuckers were on their side, politically correct on such issues as restricting the movements of free Negroes and pushing the Seminoles—who were a bad influence on all the Negroes, free and slave—off the peninsula.”
“Further fennel fun: I'm trying out a fennel ratafia.”
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