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:

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