October 20, 2012

National Brandied Fruit Day

"Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness." - Stephen Fry

It's National Brandied Fruit Day!

Brandy comes from the Dutch word "brandewijn," meaning "burnt wine." When the Dutch traders introduced it across Europe, the name just stuck. It's made from distilled grapes and (for those of you who've never had it and want a really crude comparison) is similar to a whisky in flavor, but with a much sweeter aftertaste and far less charcoal notes.

At some point in our great culinary history, someone realized that preserving fruits in brandy for use through the wintertime was much easier and cheaper to do than canning them was. And so, today, we celebrate the simple joy of brandy + fresh fruit + sugar!

Happy National Brandied Fruit Day!