(n.) Brandy is a spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice or fruits. Though most commonly associated with the French wine-based distillates of Cognac and Armagnac, the broad category includes Calvados (apples), grappa (grape pomace), eau de vie (various fruits), Kirschwasser (cherries) and many more. Today, the legal definition of brandy states that it must be made from fermented fruit juice or a fruit byproduct, distilled at less than 190 proof and bottled at more than 80 proof.