hard sauce

noun

Definition of hard sauce

: a creamed mixture of butter and powdered sugar often with added cream and flavoring (such as vanilla or rum)

Examples of hard sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove plastic wrap from hard sauce and unmold onto a small plate. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 23 Dec. 2020 Top each slice of pudding with hard sauce and garnish as desired. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 23 Dec. 2020 There’s a cheese-charcuterie plate ($45), and desserts include figgy pudding with hard sauce ($45), walnut rugelach ($24/dozen) and Russian tea cakes ($18/dozen). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 Those who ate this pudding years ago remember it as delicious, and the hard sauce, of butter and sugar rubbed together, flavored with vanilla and sprinkled with nutmeg, as no less so. Marley Marius, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2018 There are steamed puddings, too, like the famous Christmas pudding, cooked over steam rather than baked in the oven, and served warm with a jug of pouring cream or boozy hard sauce. David Tanis, New York Times, 4 May 2018 Serve warm with cream cheese hard sauce (see recipe below). Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, 6 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hard sauce

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Hard sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20sauce. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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