Behind the French Menu gives a tasty background to French cuisine, French dishes, how they are made and how they should be served.
Where there is a story behind a dish's creation and
that story may aid the diner's enjoyment then that will also be included. Bon appétit!
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A Granité or a Sludge Cocktail. In France it is a Granité .
Granité – The
French version of the original Italian Granita was, originally like the Italian, just sugar, fruit and water served with crushed ice. Many guide
books translate a French granité or sludge or call a granité a sludge cocktail in English. Despite most of today's French
Granités being very different to a sludge or sludge cocktail. Here is one example from the dessert menu of an excellent Parisian restaurant.
Granité de Pêche Blanche au Muscat Beaume de Venise – A granité made with fresh white peaches and that unique, and fabulous, vin
doux naturel, the Muscat Beaume de Venise. Try and order that at home!
Both the French granité, and the
Italian granita, are, today, mostly very
different to the sludge offered in the USA or the UK. Local French versions, offered in many cafés and
restaurants will often include a sweet wine, or a local eau-de-vie, to make life more interesting; many will also use fresh fruit.