Brandy drink recipes include the Brandy Alexander, Peach Cola, the Manhattan and Spiced Cider. These drinks can be made with any brand of brandy and mixers, though some brandy is considered higher in quality than others.
Brandy Alexander is made with 1 ounce each of brandy, cream de cacao and cream. The drink is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. It can also be mixed in a shaker with some ice to make it extra cold before straining it into the chilled glass.
The Peach Cola drink is 2 ounces of peach brandy mixed with 2 ounces of cola. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and serve the drink over ice. The type of cola used is optional depending on what the drinker prefers.
The Manhattan is made with 2 ounces of brandy, half an ounce of sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters. It is best served in a chilled cocktail glass.
The Spice Cider is warm compared to the other drinks. It is made with 3/4 ounce brandy, 3/4 ounce triple sec, 6 ounces spiced cider, 1/2 teaspoon of equal parts cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg, an orange rind studded with cloves and a whole stick of cinnamon. It is recommended to serve in a wine glass, garnished with the orange rind and stirred with the cinnamon stick.
The term brandy comes from the Dutch word brandewjin or brandywine. The alcohol is sometimes referred to as cognac depending on how and where it was prepared.