Brandy For other uses of this name, see Brandy (disambiguation). For Grammy winning performer Brandy see Brandy (entertainer) Brandy (short for brandywine, from Dutch brandewijn - fire wine) is a general term for distilled wine, usually 40-60thyl alcohol by volume. In addition to wine, this spirit can also be made from grape pomace or fermented fruit juice. Unless specified otherwise, brandy is made from grape wine. It is normally consumed as an after-dinner drink.
"Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy." - Samuel Johnson