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Literally meaning ‘water of life’, eau de vie is the French term given to any strong, colourless brandy distilled from the fermented juice of fruit. Common examples include kirsch made from cherries, and framboise made from raspberries. In cooking, eau de vie is used to add flavour to desserts, pastries, fruit sorbets or compotes, or it can be drunk as an apéritif. However, brandies that are made from vine fruit, such as Cognac and Armagnac, are not generally classed as eau de vie.