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  • n. An inferior brandy made in Spain and Portugal.
  • n. A strong alcoholic drink, especially pulque, found in Central and South America as well as the southwestern United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A inferior brandy of Spain and Portugal.
  • n. A strong alcoholic drink, especially pulque.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brandy made in Spain and Portugal, generally from grapes.
  • n. In general, in Spanish countries, any spirituous liquor for drinking.


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  • Another local libation with anchos and epazote added is nanche, made from the fruit of the loquat tree infused in aguardiente, cane alcohol.

    A Gastronomic Circuit Around the City or When Lost in Mexico, Follow Your Stomach: El Estado de Mexico

  • There were even black bottles of a raw and fierce brandy called aguardiente, offered by a brawny monk whose scars and tattoos made him look like an old soldier.

    Sharpe's Rifles

  • They desired not to eat or to drink -- not even of my aguardiente, which is the best.

    Cabbages and Kings

  • The roots are sometimes used as a flavouring for a local alcoholic beverage called 'aguardiente'; they are also used medicinally to increase fertility.

    Chapter 23

  • But the "aguardiente," a native-made rum, is nevertheless always kept on hand, being a government monopoly, and ever ready, so that the Mosas may have no excuse to be sober and escape being fined.

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua

  • "One hundred millions in pikes, bullets, and intrenching tools; 10,000 ducats in scented gloves, to preserve the troops from the odor of the enemies 'dead left on the battle-field; 100,000 ducats, spent in the repair of the bells completely worn out by every-day announcing fresh victories gained over our enemies; 50,000 ducats in' aguardiente 'for the troops on the eve of battle.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • But while Ms. Roque includes many standard Iberian dishes among her recipes, they almost all bear a distinctive Cuban imprint: no saffron and lots of warm-water seafood in the paella ; mango slices and guava juice added to the sangria; stewed rabbit laced with aguardiente a killer Latin American sugar-cane liquor.

    In Brief: Gastronomy

  • In Acatlán and nearby villages, herb and fruit liquors are made with the cane alcohol called aguardiente, with nanche (loquat) being one of the most popular.

    Culinary travel in the Mixteca Poblana: The avocado route

  • Dine at the fashionable Tcherassi Hotel, sip aguardiente at the classic Cafe del Mar (also found in Ibiza) or dance to live music at La Habana.

    Farryn Weiner: World's Hottest Party Destinations: Hedonism Done Right

  • Maybe chug some canelazo, an Ecuadoran drink made with aguardiente?

    Hatoyama didn't dress for success


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  • "The minibar in the hotel was no help. It was called the Selfbar — so I took it personally and downed the lot: the scotches, the vodkas, the gins and the Amazonian armpit aguardientes."
    Psychogeography by Will Self, 123

    October 16, 2010

  • "Stephen, however, asked Jack to have the head of a barrel containing Chilean aguardiente taken off for Dr. Jacob, and he called upon all hands... to form in lines and to advance in turn... each man passing Jacob was given a cup from the barrel; then moving on to Stephen he received a very considerable dose of prime coca, with its usual accompaniments."
    —Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 225

    March 28, 2008