I love those hazy days between the Christmas and New Year holidays. The year is coming to a close, but for a furtive few moments you can take a breath and wind down before it’s over. So why not sip on a sweet spirit as you relax after a hectic Christmas time, and before you commit to your New Year ’s Eve plans? If that sounds appealing to you, maybe make that spirit, if you so choose, Marquis de Villard Brandy.
Marquis de Villard Brandy came to life in 1905 in Charente France, where the spirit is aged to perfection in Limousin Oak. It made its way to Canada in 1950, bringing with it its baked apple and vanilla scents, and tasting notes of butterscotch, pear, dark chocolate and even a quintessentially Canadian hint of maple sugar. With its warming sweetness, the signature French brandy is a wonderful accompaniment to the holiday season.
There are so many ways to enjoy brandy, in and out of cocktails and even in your cooking. But since we’re about making your holidays more relaxing and less work, we’ve put together a few ways for you to enjoy Marquis de Villard throughout that span of time between Christmas and New Year’s.
Keep it simple and sample Marquis de Villard Neat.
You will need:
- Brandy sipper or other small glass
- 1 ounce Marquis de Villard Brandy
One thing I spend a lot of time doing in this holiday time haven is watching and rewatching my favourite British films and television shows, especially anything that took place when King George was in charge. If you’ve ever watched Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice, you’ll notice that brandy was a favourite spirit of the British gentry, usually sipped out of dainty glasses while engaging in tasteful gossip. Enjoy your brandy the way your favourite Jane Austen characters would have at a Yuletide ball, served neat in a delicate crystal brandy sipper. If you don’t have a brandy sipper (and really who does, besides me, for reasons unknown), a small glass will do. Make sure to sip with your pinky high in the air to feel extra fancy while tasting all the delicate notes unencumbered.
Warm up with a Marquis De Villard Apple Infused Hot Toddy
You will need:
- 1 bag of David’s Apple Crisp Loose Tea
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh citrus juice
- 2 ounces Marquis de Villard brandy
- Dash of cinnamon
- Apple/citrus slices for garnish
The hot toddy, a blend of brandy and tea, combines much-needed warmth, calming honey and fortifying citrus, along with the bracing burn of the brandy for a tasty and hot nighttime beverage. This time-honoured tincture provides soothing relief when you’re feeling under the weather, or just comforting heat inside and out on a cold winter’s eve. Brew tea and strain into a fancy teacup or mug. Add honey, citrus juice and brandy. Garnish with apple slices and sprinkle cinnamon over the mixture. Serve to guests at a quiet get together or brew one up for yourself while curling up at home; it’s a wonderful way to enjoy your Marquis de Villard no matter what the circumstance.
Make it a New Year’s classic with a Marquis de Villard Metropolitan.
You will need:
- Cocktail shaker
- Rocks glass
- 2 ounces Marquis de Villard Brandy
- 1-ounce vermouth
- 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Fruit/zest for garnish (optional)
The Metropolitan is a chameleon of a cocktail. Make it with whiskey and it’s a Manhattan. Make it with Vodka and it’s a cosmopolitan. But to make it original, you make it with Brandy. It’s one of the most classic of classic cocktails. It’s graced the bar tops of the swankiest bars around the world for decades, so we think it would make a pretty great New Year’s cocktail, no matter what you’re doing to ring in the new year. Mix all your ingredients in your shaker, shake well and pour into a chilled rocks glass with fruit for garnish. Sip, and ring in the new year with style and sophistication.
No matter what you do this New Year’s Eve and no matter what you choose to sip while you do it, have a safe and happy rest of your holiday season, and please enjoy any and all spirits you consume responsibly!
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