Brandy is a distilled spirit, made from fermented fruit. The simple term Brandy, when used by itself, always refers to a spirit that has been distilled from grape wine.

Cognac is a special designation for fine brandy, and can only be produced in the Cognac region of France. Brandy on the other hand can be made anywhere. Thus all Cognac is brandy, but all brandy is not Cognac.

Armagnac is made in much the same way as Cognac, the main difference between the two is that Armagnac is produced in the Department of Gers, southeast of Bordeaux. Another difference is that while Cognac is typically distilled three times, Armagnac is only distilled once. There are differences in taste and character between these two fine brandies. Armagnac has a drier, harder taste than cognac - and for this reason is preffered by some connoisseurs. Other forms of brandy include Marc (pronounced "Mar"), Grappa, Calvados, Pisco, Metaxa, Ouzo, Raki, Kirsch, Schwartzwalder, and various other local varieties.

The following recipes on this site use brandy:

Bistro Sidecar
brandy, Tuaca, Frangelico, lemon juice, simple syrup, tangerine juice,
Combustible Edison
Campari, lemon juice, brandy,
French Quarter
brandy, Lillet blanc,
Nicky Finn
brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice, pastis,
Port Wine Cocktail
port, brandy,
Southern Beauty
brandy, Southern Comfort,
brandy, crème de menthe,
brandy, Dubonnet, Cointreau, lemon juice,
brandy, St-Germain, Cynar,
brandy, Chartreuse, Galliano, cream,
Goat's Delight
kirschwasser, brandy, cream, orgeat, absinthe,
absinthe, peach bitters, brandy,
Corpse Reviver #3
brandy, Campari, triple sec, lemon juice,
brandy, dry vermouth, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
brandy, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura Bitters,
Between The Sheets
brandy, rum, Cointreau, lemon juice,
brandy, dry vermouth, orange bitters, Peychaud's bitters,
gin, brandy, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange bitters,
Coffee Nudge
brandy, coffee liqueur, crème de cacao, coffee,
Young Man
brandy, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, Angostura Bitters,
Morning Cocktail
brandy, dry vermouth, orange curaçao, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, absinthe,
brandy, dry vermouth, Angostura Bitters, simple syrup,
Corpse Reviver #1
brandy, sweet vermouth, applejack,
Cafe Diable
orange, brandy, cloves, sugar, coffee,
Black Feather
brandy, dry vermouth, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters,
Champs Elysées
brandy, Chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters,
Coffee Cocktail
port, brandy, simple syrup, egg,
East India House
brandy, pineapple syrup, maraschino liqueur, orange curaçao, Angostura Bitters,
Fallen Leaves
calvados, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, brandy,
Fog Cutter
lemon juice, orgeat, rum, brandy, gin, sherry,
Harvard Fizz
brandy, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, soda water,
brandy, orgeat, Angostura Bitters,
brandy, sweet vermouth, limoncello, peach bitters,
brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice,
Vieux Carre
rye whiskey, brandy, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Peychaud's bitters, Angostura Bitters,
brandy, cream, crème de cacao,