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, depending on the bartender, COINTREAU or raspberry syrup with crushed ice. The shaken mixture is strained into a glass and topped off with cold CHAMPAGNE. It’s said to have been created at New Orleans’ famous Arnaud’s restaurant shortly after Prohibition ended.
© Copyright Barron’s Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on THE FOOD LOVER’S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.