un cordón de ratafía/un cordón de reducción de garnacha/un cordón de salsa

18:28 Sep 24, 2019
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Spanish term or phrase: un cordón de ratafía/un cordón de reducción de garnacha/un cordón de salsa
Hi there,

In various recipes, I have come across expressions such as: "completar con un cordón de salsa", "en un plato hondo disponer un cordón de ratafía" and "con un cordón de reducción de garnacha".

I have translated 'cordón' as a 'dash' in English, like 'chorro/chorrito' - does anyone have any other suggestions?

Many thanks!

Dawn Redman
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4Garnish with a Ratafia/ Garnacha reduction/ dash
Liz Ares
3garnish with/drizzle
Helena Chavarria
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Taña Dalglish



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garnish with/drizzle

Scoop the mashed potatoes into your serving bowl. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley & a little drizzle of olive oil, if desired.


Edible items added to food dishes that provide added flavor and appealing appearances for the items being served. Garnishes may include sprigs of parsley or other greens, fruit slices, croutons, sauces, bits of herbs, or edible flowers. A primary rule of garnishing is that the Garnish should always complement the appearance and flavor of the food. There are a variety of different shapes and cuts made to fruits, vegetables and meats that are consided as decorative cuts made by garnishing utensils. Knives, multi-bladed cutters and other utensils are produced for the purpose of assisting with the garnishing of foods when creating various cuts for food presentations.


Note added at 22 mins (2019-09-24 18:50:51 GMT)


Refers to the process of pouring a very fine stream of liquid, such as melted butter or a sugar glaze over food for decorative purposes and/or to add flavor. As another example, chocolate syrup is commonly drizzled over ice cream or cake to improve the appearance as well as to add flavor.


Note added at 23 mins (2019-09-24 18:51:49 GMT)

Drizzle is defined as to fall in fine drops, or to pour liquid in a thin stream.
An example of drizzle is for the rain to fall in small, mist-like drops.
An example of drizzle is to pour a thin line of olive oil over vegetables that you're roasting.


Helena Chavarria
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Garnish with a Ratafia/ Garnacha reduction/ dash

You are right, in this case cordòn is referring to the line or encircled shape made in the plate with any liquid or sauce

Liz Ares
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No, not "dash of xx"
Pimiento del piquillo relleno de gulas en ensalada con cordón de salsa rosa


Ratafía is a Spanish liqueur which is made by the mashing of different fruits (such as lemon peel, morello cherries, red carnations and green nuts), herbs (like mint) and spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, bramble branch) in an alcohol of some sort, generally an aguardiente.

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... "pa amb tomàquet" (bread rubbed with ripe tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil), ... pork meats and sausages and "ratafía" (an excellent sweet dessert wine).

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