1. grog or any warm, alcoholic drink.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Gal’s Gossip 119: Play light with the ‘sherbert’ at supper.|
2. (also sherb) any form of alcoholic drink; usu. beer; also as old sherbert.
|Sporting Times 7 Jan. 1/4: ‘Funny sayin’s and ways, I suppose?’ said the chum, / Not forgetting the sherbet to swill.‘Mother’s Duplicate’|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] You’re a thing of the past, old dear [lyrics] He said nasty things, no doubt, when the sherbert [sic] was about.|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Sherbet. Anything intoxicating.|
|Und. Nights 189: He took to the sherbet, which made him a bigger liability than ever.|
|Bottle of Sandwiches 93: We [...] had a few sherbets and a feed.|
|Don’t Point That Thing at Me (1991) 60: Probably had a glass of sherbert with him once in a while.|
|New Musical Express 17 Nov. n.p.: You go into the Green Room first, and you have a few sherberts to round the edge off the Drynamil.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 9: A few sherberts was to be the next cab off the rank.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] He’s had a few sherbets himself.|
|Indep. Rev. 28 Jan. 7: The place is so trendy, even Leonardo DiCaprio has been in for a few sherbets.|
|Viva La Madness 102: Let’s go downstairs, have a little sherb.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 53: The newsreader’s had ‘a few too many sherbets’.|
3. beer; also as old sherbert.
|Aus. First and Last 99: Smithy’s first name is Herbert. / He has a liking for the sherbet.‘Roll’n Smith’|
|Legends from Benson’s Valley 26: ‘Have a sherbert,’ I said, ‘it’ll do yer the world a good.’.|
|Signs of Crime 200: Sherbert (the old) Alcoholic drink, particularly beer.|
|Wot A Whopper 24: After a while the Maori became thirsty and retired to his car for a few sherbets.|
|Lingo 133: The liquid itself may be described as [...] throat oil; sherbert; a jar (or two. . .).|
4. cocaine [resemblance to a popular UK sweet, a sherbet dab, a bag of sherbet powder with a liquorice ‘straw’ through which it is sucked up].
|Guardian Guide 8–14 Jan. 52: You’ve seen the gear. You know it’s top-line sherbet.|
a container for alcohol.
|Sporting Times 29 Mar. 2/1: The fine old sherbet-can, with spoons and glasses.|