Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday's Feature: SHERBERT!

Spelled Pronunciation [shur-bit] –noun
a frozen fruit-flavored mixture, similar to an ice, but with milk, egg white, or gelatin added.
British. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice diluted with water and ice.
a frozen fruit or vegetable purée, served either between courses to cleanse the palate or as a dessert.
Origin: 1595–1605;

Word History:
Although the word sherbet has been in the English language for several centuries (it was first recorded in 1603), it has not always referred to what one normally thinks of as sherbet. Sherbet came into English from Ottoman Turkish sherbet or Persian sharbat, both going back to Arabic šarba, "drink." The Turkish and Persian words referred to a beverage of sweetened, diluted fruit juice that was popular in the Middle East and imitated in Europe. In Europe sherbet eventually came to refer to a carbonated drink. Because the original Middle Eastern drink contained fruit and was often cooled with snow, sherbet was applied to a frozen dessert (first recorded in 1891). It is distinguished slightly from sorbet, which can also mean "a fruit-flavored ice served between courses of a meal." Sorbet (first recorded in English in 1585) goes back through French (sorbet) and then Italian (sorbetto) to the same Turkish sherbet that gave us sherbet.

Sherbert/Ice Cream Lemonade Float recipe

Scale ingredients to servings:
1 scoop (3/4 cup) orange sherbet
1 scoop (3/4 cup) vanilla ice cream
1 cup lemonade
This ispositively heavenly. Place ice cream and sherbert in large tall glass, fill with very chilled lemonade.

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