from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Colorless brandy distilled from fermented fruit juice.
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- n. brandy or similar spirit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- French name for brandy. Cf. Aqua vitæ, under aqua.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. strong coarse brandy
Out in Alameda, in the 65,000-square-foot Hangar One Distillery, I talked to Jorg about the process of eau de vie learning that there are two ways to do it: one is to distill from fermented fruit, and the other is to distill fruit that has been infused into grain alcohol; you cannot make a mash of raspberries, after all.
There are two schools of eau de vie making, and they fall roughly into the camps of Old School and Slow Food.
We drank Steve McCarthy’s eau de vie of pine trees.
I drank their aged apple eau de vie and was inspired, and their St. George Single Malt.
When James looks out his door at a small stand of pear trees, he finds the time to pick them and distill them, so he can make a special run of Edgefield pear eau de vie from Edgefield pears.