Brandy is a spirit whose origins go all the way back to the 17th century when it was introduced to the Dutch. They named it brandewijin, meaning “burnt wine,” which eventually grew into the modern name “brandy.” The alcohol was given this name because of the need to boil it during the distilling process.
Although brandy can be infused with different fruits to create various flavors, the term “flavored brandy” is not the same as “fruit brandy.” While fruit brandy is made from a specific fruit, usually the fruit for which it”s named, flavored brandies are always made from grapes and then infused with different flavors, such as coffee or ginger.
Types of Fruit Brandies
Fruit brandies are made by distilling the juice of fruit along with the pulp and skin. After distillation, the mix is then aged in oak casks for a few months. These casks give the drink a distinct smell and taste. In the case of fruit brandies, certain types can only be produced at certain times of the year (when the fruit is in season), unlike alcohols made from grains that can be produced year-round.
If making a flavored brandy, the extract of another fruit or flavor is added after the aging process.
Some examples of types of fruit brandies are:
- apricot brandy
- blackberry brandy
- peach brandy
- wild cherry brandy.
Recipes for Flavored Brandies
Flavored brandies make a great base for a variety of drinks. One popular cocktail called Allegheny, includes blackberry-flavored brandy. To make this drink, simply follow this recipe.
- 1 oz. dry vermouth
- 1 oz. bourbon whiskey
- 1 tsp. blackberry brandy
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 twist lemon peel
- Shake all the ingredients (except the lemon peel) together in a shaker with some ice.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Twist the lemon peel and serve.
If you like ginger flavored brandies, try this delicious recipe.
- 1 1/2 oz. gin
- 1/2 oz. ginger flavored brandy
- 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice.
Shake all ingredients in an iced cocktail shaker, strain and serve in a chilled martini glass.
Coffee Flavored Brandies
Coffee flavored brandy, which is distilled from coffee beans, can add robust, rich flavor to cocktails and food recipes alike. Here are some recipes that use coffee brandy.
- 1 oz. coffee brandy
- 1 oz. vodka
- 5 oz. chocolate ice cream.
Simply mix all of the ingredients in a blender, serve and enjoy. Top with whipped cream for extra sweetness!
Mocha Hand Warmer
This drink uses actual coffee as the base, with the coffee brandy added to intensify the beverage”s flavor.
- 1/2 oz. amaretto
- 1/2 oz. coffee brandy
- 1/2 oz. creme de cacao (or chocolate liqueur)
- hot coffee, to fill the glass or cup
- whipped cream.
- Pour coffee into a mug, stopping when the liquid is about an inch or two from the top of the cup.
- Add the amaretto, coffee brandy and crme de cacao.
- Stir, top with whipped cream and enjoy!