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Sunday, April 22, 2012


A French name for a drink made of coffee and brandy. It is a cheap wine used in the North.

Bistrouille emerged from it turgid appearance and it derives from the French bis, meaning twice and touiller, meaning to mix, the coffee first being mixed with milk and then with brandy.

From the word of bistrouille came the popular word of bistro a corruption of bystro, meaning a quick because the 1815 occupation of France Russian officers would struck into Paris bars and cafĂ©’s demanding to be served bystro.

The Russian officers raced into the restaurants and cafes to eat and drink with shouts of bystro! bystro! (quick! quick!).

Historically the restaurants or bistro served alcohols and a relatively small selection of foods for one course meals.

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