Brandy Drinks – Brandy is a very ancient drink enjoyed by all the ancient rich and famous entities. Brandy mixes can of course give a variety of Brandy Drinks. There was a time, when it was consumed mainly after dinner; to fight the cold winter nights. The word Brandy signifies that it is a spirit procured after distilling grape wine. It is well known as being distilled from fruit which has been fermented. It is matured in casks made of oak and then bottled mostly at 80 proof. Brandy besides being liquor drinks, is also a good ingredient for cooking and marinating.
Cognac is also a popular brandy which is known for its rich flavor and smooth texture and a heady aroma. It is more popular and desirable in France, Cognac region – That’s why all Cognac is Brandy. The permissible age for Cognac; by its authorities is only six years. This is the official standard. Due to this reason one can find a wide and varied range of Cognac’s designation.
The Brandy named Armagnac is made only in France in the regions of Armagnac.
This drink is very similar to cognac, except that it is richer in taste.
The American brandy is produced and distilled in America – California and carries its own typical characteristics and taste. – Light and smooth. American brandy is
Produced by private firms that do their own harvest for their grapes and also takes care of its own blending, bottling, distilling, aging etc.
Cognacs also have their own degrees of specialty. One is the VS which mean Very Special and then we also have the VSOP which means Very Special Old Pale. Then there is an XO. This denotes Extra Old.
Apple Brandy Calvados and Applejack are all made of apple cider. Other fruit brandies are white in color and are straight away distilled from fruits. Brandy made of fruits such as Poire, raspberries and pears are called Framboise. Those made from cherries are known as Kirschwasser or Krisch. They taste their best when served over ice. The fruit liqueurs which have a brandy base have a flavor of cherries, blackberries, apricots etc.
Recipes of Brandy Drinks:
American Beauty Cocktail
Half ounce of dry vermouth
One tablespoon Orange
Half ounce Brandy
A dash of Port
One fourth tea spoon white colored –Crème de Menthe
Mix vigorously with ice. Now before adding some Port to taste, strain into a
AFTER DINNER COCKTAIL
An ounce of triple Sec
An ounce of Brandy – preferably Apricot flavored
Juice of 1 lime
Give it a vigorous shake with ice Leave some lime in the glass only while straining the mixture in a cocktail glass.
Some brandy lovers love to consume their whisky neat. At such time a sniffer is a must in your bar. Brandy then can be served in a stemware whose shape widens at the bottom and gets narrow on the top. This makes the swirling of the spirit easy and convenient.
Never fill the Brandy drinks glass to its brim. Leave space for it to breathe and help you swirl it to enjoy its aroma. So once again Bottoms up! Enjoy your brandydrinks and liqueurs and different cocktails that can be made out of it. Enjoy the cocktail drink recipes and the drinks mixes and also all the drinks mixing. Use your blending skills and blend your own Brandy Drinks.