This is a perfect light dessert to serve after an aїoli, couscous, or a hearty stew. Children love it. In Nice it is sold on all street corners. Easy to make, it is a refreshing substitute for brandy after dinner.
Good French and German fruit syrups are sold in specialty shops and the gourmet departments of most large stores; most liquor stores have the fruit liqueurs.
Shave a block of ice or crush ice cubes wrapped in a towel. Fill individual glasses with the shavings only, not the mush. Pour into them the syrup or liqueur of your choice and garnish with fresh mint.
For an elegant occasion, serve in tall sherbet glasses with long-handled spoons.
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