Facts about Brandy
An intoxicating beverage. The word 'Brandy' is a shortened version of Brandywine and derives from the Dutch word 'brandewijn' - 'brant' meaning distilled and 'wijn' meaning wine. It is an alcoholic liquor which was originally distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice, such as apples. Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa, Ouzo, Metaxa and Calvados are all different types of Brandy.
Types of Brandy - Grape Brandy
Grape brandy is produced by the distillation of fermented grape juice. Grape brandy is the type that is to be used by itself and not mixed with other drinks. Unless specified otherwise, brandy is made from grape wine. Examples of these types of brandies are Cognac which is the exclusive name for brandy produced and distilled in the Cognac area of France, and Armagnac from the Gascony area of France. Brandy that has a golden or brown color has been aged in oak casks, a process called single barrel ageing. The Hennesey classification of age used for cognac is:
- X.O (Extra Old) is at least 6 years old
- V.S.O.P (Very Superior Old Pale) is at least 5 years old
- Napoleon is at least 4 years old
- V.S.(Very Special) is at least 3 years old
- A.C. is at least 2 years old
Types of Brandy - Pomace Brandy
Pomace brandy is produced from fermented grape pulp, seeds, and stems that remain after the grapes are pressed for their juice. Examples of Pomace brandy include the Italian grappa and the French marc. Many pomace brandy types are not aged after distillation. The pomace brandy is often a clear liquid.
Types of Brandy - Fruit Brandy
Fruit Brandy is distilled from fruits other than grapes including apple, plum, peach, cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and apricot. Fruit brandy is usually drunk chilled or over ice. An example of Fruit brandy is Calvados which is an apple brandy and Kirsch which is a cherry brandy. Many fruit brandy types are not aged after distillation. The fruit brandy is often a clear liquid.
Calories in Brandy
The calorie count in Brandy and its nutrition value is as follows:
- Calorie in Brandy: 1oz Brandy = 64 Calories in 80 Proof Brandy
- Cholesterol = None
- Saturated fat = None
- Sodium content = Very Low
- Sugar content = None
The downside of Brandy is its high alcohol content. Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa, Ouzo, Metaxa and Calvados are all different types of Brandy for great Cocktail drinks.
Free Brandy Drink Recipes
These free Brandy Recipes for great Cocktail drinks are suitable for:
- Drinks at your home bar
The list of free Brandy Recipes detailed above contain the contents by ingredients. Exercise your bartending skills, use decorations and unusual drinking glasses and drink coasters to become the bartender of your own personal bar which serves Brandy Recipes for great Cocktail drinks!