eau de vie
Pronunciation: [oh deuh VEE]
French for "water of life," describing any colorless, potent brandy or other spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice. Kirsch (made from cherries) and framboise (raspberries) are two popular eaux de vie. See also aqua vitae; liqueur.
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.