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Brandy suggestions

rockability Oct 30, 2011 01:51 PM

I received a bottle of brandy for my birthday yesterday and I'm not quite sure what kind of drinks (if any) to make with it. I checked around on CH for ideas but didn't come across much. I don't drink a lot of liquor (mostly beer and wine for me, the odd vodka drink here and there) so brandy is pretty new to me. Is it best drank straight up or mixed? Warm drink recipes for cool autumn/winter nights would also be nice.

Looking forward to suggestions from you experienced brandy connoisseurs out there. Thanks.

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  1. davis_sq_pro RE: rockability Oct 30, 2011 02:43 PM

    Well, it all depends... What kind of brandy is it?

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      rockability RE: davis_sq_pro Oct 30, 2011 03:38 PM


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      lowereastrittenhouse RE: rockability Oct 30, 2011 04:42 PM

      A quick Googling suggests it's Canadian rather than French. It looks to me like a brandy best for mixing rather than drinking straight. Side cars are the most famous classic brandy cocktail, and it's a good use for it: 4 pts brandy, 2 pts lemon juice, 1-2 pts Cointreau.

      I also love making a basic hot toddy: add lemon juice and honey to a shot of brandy and enough hot/boiling water to make for a mug.

      1. Seth Chadwick RE: rockability Nov 11, 2011 07:28 PM

        I just got back from New Orleans, and the discovery of the Brandy Milk Punch was proof of a loving deity.

        It is a classic brunch cocktail (and very New Orleans), but it paired quite well my chicken and potato lunch at Galatoire's. Here's the standard recipe:

        1.5 oz. of brandy
        1 oz. simple syrup
        1/2 bar spoon of quality vanilla extract
        2-3 oz. of Half & Half

        Add all ingredients into a shaker glass. Add some ice and shake for about 20 second. Strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned glass and top with a little bit of fresh nutmeg.

        It was an excellent drink.

        1. ted RE: rockability Nov 13, 2011 10:50 AM

          Not a brandy connoisseur, but I like a Brandy Crusta every now and then.

          1. EvergreenDan RE: rockability Nov 13, 2011 12:00 PM

            Here's a timely post: 5 Essential Brandy Cocktails by Michael Dietsch


            One is a Pisco Sour, so that doesn't count (although I suppose you could try it with your Canadian brandy).

            www.kindredcocktails.com | Craft + Collect + Concoct + Categorize + Community

            1. mtoo RE: rockability Nov 13, 2011 12:28 PM

              I like brandy in sangria. Some brandy, some wine and fruit juices.

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                zin1953 RE: rockability Nov 13, 2011 08:35 PM

                What brandy is it? Can you be specific? There is a world of difference between, for example, Korbel Brandy and a Brandy de Jerez Gran Reserva . . .

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                  EvergreenDan RE: zin1953 Nov 14, 2011 01:25 PM

                  Third reply. Chemineaud. Canadian, apparently.

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                    zin1953 RE: EvergreenDan Nov 14, 2011 03:22 PM

                    What can I say, I missed it. Also never heard of it . . .

                    It's FRENCH, however, although the label reads "Paris, France, 1826" and then says it's bottled FOR Chemineaud, Montréal, Canada. But with no appellations behind it, I'm not too hopeful that its quality is high as it portrays.

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