INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

There is a wide range of brandies available in the UK. Quality varies, roughly in accordance with price. The best Cognacs and Armagnacs should be treated with the respect their price suggests. Less expensive brandies are better candidates for cooking.

Storage

Top quality Cognacs and Armagnacs should be kept in cellar-like conditions until they’re opened. Store in a dark, cool place after opening.

Preparation

Brandy is drunk as an after-dinner drink and cocktail ingredient but can also be used in cooking, particularly for flambéing certain desserts. It can also be used to de-glaze pans and is used in classic dishes such as steak Diane.