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Well I had been given this assignment from Bzz Agent for E&J XO Brandy a little while back and it has taken me some time to compose my thoughts, but most importantly try some summertime recipes using brandy.
In full Disclosure, I have received rebate coupons for some of the retail price of the brandy in turn for trying it and reporting on it.
I was brought up the daughter of an off the boat Irish Mother, who had some home remedy for everything, usually involving alcohol. In her defense (god rest her soul) she was the daughter of the town doctor, so she grew up around "practical medicine".
I heard the stories of what they did when I was teething, Brandy (Whiskey was too strong for an infant)
You had a cold- a snifter of warm brandy and a spoon full of sugar...
You get the idea,
I have always enjoyed the turning of fall into winter with the eggnog flavored Brandy as I tend to make it.
But here we are in the middle of a huge heat wave and I am supposed to blog about Brandy?
Well I went to our local liquor store and picked up my bottle of E&J XO Brandy. Then simply I googled summer brandy recipes.
I found some gems.
2 oz of E&J XO Brandy
2 oz Pineapple Martini Flavor
1oz Pureed Strawberries
Over Crushed Iced
Lest we forget one of the most important ingredients in a Sangria is what else... Brandy
1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup Brandy
1/2 Cup Triple Sec
4 bls Sugar
Pour into tall glass of crushed ice and top with seltzer....
The E&J XO Brandy is very smooth, very tasty neat in a crystal glass after a hard day of work or beach with the kids.
Just because you are reading a recipe and brandy may be a only a small part of a recipe, quality drinks come from quality ingredients. You wouldn't cook a prime rib and top it with cream of mushroom soup from a can for the a jus.
When a recipe calls for brandy make sure you are treating you and your guests o a quality drink.
Take it from the only 45 year old blogger than has been a Brandy drinker for 45 years.