Distilled From Wine
A spirit produced by distilling wine, brandy comes in many varieties, the best known of which are cognac and armagnac.
Leader of the Pack
Cognac is distilled from white wine and aged in oak casks. An appellation contrôlée, this fabled spirit is made only in France’s Charentes region. Armagnac is very similar to cognac but is produced further south, in Gascony.
Did you know?
There are such things as ice cubes that don’t melt! Available in some wine-accessory boutiques, they’re made from granite and are perfect for spirits that are best served cool.
Cocktail Idea: Amarante (1drink)
• 45 mL (1 1/2 oz) armagnac (or another brandy)
• 10 mL (1/3 oz) lime cordial* (or lime syrup)
• 180 mL (6 oz) lime-flavoured soft drink
• 3 ice cubes
• 7 mint leaves
• 1 sprig fresh mint, for garnish
Place the mint leaves in a highball glass. Pour in the armagnac and lime cordial. Using a muddler (or pestle), gently press the mint leaves to release their flavour. Add the ice cubes and top up with the soft drink.
Garnish with a mint sprig. * Available in grocery stores.