ambrosia

Pronunciation: [ahm-BROH-zee-ah]

1. According to Greek mythology, ambrosia (meaning "immortality") was the food of the gods on Mt. Olympus. More recently, the word designates a dessert of chilled fruit (usually oranges and bananas) mixed with coconut. Ambrosia is also sometimes served as a salad. 2. A mixed drink made by shaking cognac, brandy (usually calvados or applejack) and cointreau or raspberry syrup with crushed ice, then straining into a glass and topping off with cold champagne. It's said to have been created at New Orleans' famous Arnaud's restaurant shortly after Prohibition ended. 3. [ahm-BROH-zee-ah] A popular Brazilian dessert of Portuguese origin. It's an extremely rich egg custard flavored with cinnamon and cloves and served cold.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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