The glowing amber allure of brandy is like a welcoming hug from an old friend on a chilly evening. But what about brandy mixers?
If you are a brandy lover cradling your glass with only pure, unadulterated brandy, you’ve missed a world of fizzy, zesty, and tantalising brandy mixer possibilities.
Understanding the best things to mix with brandy will take you on a liquid journey of mixer discovery that can elevate your beloved brandy to new heights.
12 Best Things To Mix With Brandy
From zesty, sweet, spicy or creamy, here are 12 things to mix with brandy to ensure a heavenly brandy experience.
1. Lemon/Lime Juice
Let’s start our voyage with a zing! Imagine the sun-drenched groves of the Mediterranean. The sharpness of lemon or lime juices isn’t just refreshing; it’s a carnival of zest that dances impeccably with brandy’s sweetness.
In my books, nothing beats the classic Sidecar cocktail. When I make mine, I always add an extra twist of lemon rind…. just for that added zesty kick.
2. Ginger Ale
If you’ve followed my musings over the years, you’ll know I have a soft spot for ginger. Its spicy, sweet embrace with brandy is smooth, sultry, and full of character.
Whenever I’m in the mood for a spicy pick-me-up, a simple brandy with ginger ale (or ginger beer for an extra kick) never lets me down.
3. Tonic Water
This one might seem somewhat unconventional to some, but bear with me. That slight bitterness, the effervescence… It’s a match that can only be described as unexpectedly harmonious!
A splash of tonic cuts through brandy’s richness and gives it wings. It opens up the flavours like adding a splash of water to whiskey.
4. Apple Juice/Cider
Autumn, for me, is embodied by the magical pairing of quality brandy and orchard fruits. Whether sipping it by a roaring fire or walking through falling leaves, a mix of brandy and apple juice is nostalgia in a glass.
For a heartwarming fusion with an extra alcohol kick, go for apple or pear cider instead of apple juice, and thank me later.
5. Cranberry Juice
It’s not just for the festive season! The tanginess and tartness of cranberry juice bring out the brandy’s fruity undertones in ways you wouldn’t believe.
I stumbled upon this combo one winter evening, and it’s been a staple at my festive evenings ever since.
6. Club Soda
For those days when I crave simplicity, club soda is my go-to. It’s understated and elegant, letting the brandy shine while adding a delicate fizz. Pour it over ice; you’ve got a drink fit for royalty.
After a splendid dinner, I often find myself torn between a coffee or a brandy. Why not both? The rich depth of coffee and brandy’s warmth is the embrace we all need after a long day.
8. Cocoa/Hot Chocolate
On those particularly frosty evenings when I need something warming (without the caffeine!), I often turn to hot chocolate spiked with a generous splash of brandy. It’s comfort in its purest, most indulgent form.
9. Orange Juice
If you’re feeling impulsive, try pairing your brandy with orange juice. The result? It is a surprisingly delightful tropical getaway in a glass. Please give it a whirl; you won’t be disappointed!
10. Pineapple Juice
Speaking of tropical getaways, the exotic sweetness of pineapple juice has a peculiar way of elevating brandy’s fruity notes. I can’t recommend it highly enough for those balmy summer evenings.
For indulgent souls, a Brandy Alexander, with its luxurious blend of cream and brandy, is like sipping on velvet. It’s dessert and a drink, all in one! How can you resist?
OK, this one is a tad avant-garde and is Andrew’s favourite, but the silky texture of a shaken egg in a Brandy Flip is nothing short of divine. Sprinkle nutmeg on top, and you’re in for an opulent treat.
While brandy is splendid on its own, I’ve come to realise that pairing it with a mixer can transform your tipple into a simple yet memorable brandy combo.
I urge you to step out of your brandy comfort zone, experiment, mix, and savour. After all, life is too short for ordinary drinks!
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