My alma mater sent me OxfordToday as usual, and at this time of the year, the e-newsletter carries a recipe of “Boozy Tiramisu”.
“What an interesting tiramisu,” I thought. I have always associated “boozy” with a place, and a “booze” with an event (e.g., a boozy brunch) or behaviour…but not with cakes. I did have tortes with rum in them a couple of times, but they were not called boozy tortes. It seems that any dish usually prepared or cooked without alcohol but has extra alcohol added into it can be called a boozy something nowadays.
According to etymonline.com, the word came from “to drink a lot” in the mid-18th century. It was a variant of Middle English bouse (c. 1300), which came earlier from Middle Dutch busen “to drink heavily”, and was related to Middle High German bus (intransitive) “to swell, inflate”, of unknown origin. The Johson’s dictionary has a word coined from booze, i.e. rambooze which is “A drink made of wine, ale, eggs and sugar in winter time; or of wine, milk, sugar and rose-water in the summer time”. In New Zealand, from about the time of World War II, a drinking binge was a boozeroo!
For baking enthusiasts, you can find the boozy tiramisu by googling “OxfordToday boozy tiramisu”.
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