claret cup



an iced beverage made of claret and carbonated water with lemon juice, brandy or other spirits, fruits, and sugar.

Origin of claret cup

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for claret cup

Historical Examples of claret cup

  • He motioned towards a jug of claret-cup and a pipe on the table by his elbow.

  • Claret-cup and Champagne are iced (some epicures object to this).

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • At small "at homes" champagne, claret-cup, and ices are not given.

  • There was also a good glass of beer left—not claret-cup—in a glass jug, very much as Frank had pictured it.

    None Other Gods

    Robert Hugh Benson

  • Annie saw Putney, where he stood with his wife and boy, refuse coffee, and she watched him anxiously when the claret-cup came.

    Annie Kilburn

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for claret cup

claret cup


an iced drink made of claret, brandy, lemon, sugar, and sometimes sherry, Curaçao, etc
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