Granites, Marquises, Punchs and Spooms

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The Sorbets and those other preparations which are derived from them are very light ices, barely frozen, and which are served after the Entrée at a formal dinner.
Their role is that of refreshing the palate and to prepare the stomach for the roast course which will be served following the Sorbet.
In fact a Sorbet is both an aperitif and an aid to digestion.