Brandy is a French spirit. Brandy is distilled from wine. There are two main types: Armagnac and Cognac. Good brandies are drunk as liqueurs as well as spirits. Lesser brandies are often used to flambé foods or in sauces and puddings.
Fruit brandies also exits. Fruit brandies include: Applejack, Calvados, Kirsch (Cherry Brandy), Mirabelle and Slivovitz (Plum Brandy). All fruit brandies may be used like a classic brandy.
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