Cocktails with Brandy

famous brandy brandsBrandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine. It contains between 35-60% alcohol and is typically enjoyed as an after-dinner drink. Brandy is often made from grape or pomace. Fruit Brandy is the general term for all Brandies that are made from fermenting fruit other than grapes. As brandy is distilled from wine, you can tastes that they have some similarities, often just a hint of the fruit that is the basis of the brandy. Some are sweeter than others. It has been said that a good brandy is like a tiny cat in velvet slippers scampering down your throat. A bad brandy is like that same cat, barefoot, being pulled out by the tail.

Brandy is like Rum and Tequila an agricultural spirit. That means that unlike grain spirits such as Whisky and Gin, which are made throughout the year from grain that can be harvested and kept, Brandy is dependent on the seasons, the ripening of the base fruit, and the production of the wine from which it is made. Cognac is the most famous type of brandy.
Famous brandy brands include:

  • Rémy Martin
  • Martell
  • McDowell’s VSOP
  • Men’s Club Brandy
  • Dreher
  • Honey Bee
  • Old Admiral
  • Mansion House
  • Hennessy
  • McDowell’s No.1