Word of the Week (243): BELLINI (*new CSW15*) (probability 18244), by David Sutton

A BELLINI is a cocktail consisting of prosecco and peach puree. (If like me you're not too sure what PROSECCO is, it's a sparkling Italian white wine; the plural is PROSECCOS.)

I have always admired from afar the sophistication of cocktail drinkers - who can forget the suave performance of Del Boy in 'Only Fools and Horses', at least up to the point where he fell through the bar - but I'm afraid it's not for me. So I will not be drinking any CRUSTAS either: the word CRUSTA existed before in the sense of a hard outer coating, taking a plural CRUSTAE, but now it can also mean a cocktail served in a glass with a rim coated in sugar, in which case it takes this new plural in S.

CSW15 also brings us APPLETINI, a cocktail which spoils good apple juice by mixing it with vodka, and MARGUERITA, which does the same for lemon juice by mixing it with tequila.

We'll look next week at more additions CSW15 has brought to the alcoholic repertoire.


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