*The word sherbet derives from the Arabic sharbât. According to Alan Davidson, early recipes show that it was “a sweetened drink, flavoured with fruit, vegetables or flowers; it might have a pleasing sweet-acid taste, be cooled with snow, and sometimes be medicinal.” In the United States sherbet now means a fruit ice while in England it means a fizzy confection for children. Ushakov’s modern Russian definition is quite close to the original Arabic (via Turkish), “an Eastern chilled drink of sweetened fruit juice or fruit syrup.” All of this makes
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