Brandy is a distilled spirit that is made by distilling wine, typically from fermented grapes, but can also be made from other fruits such as apples or cherries. Brandy has a rich and complex flavor profile that is often described as sweet, fruity, and sometimes with notes of oak or vanilla. It is commonly enjoyed as an after-dinner drink and can be sipped neat or used as a base for cocktails such as the classic Brandy Alexander or Sidecar. Brandy is also a key ingredient in many traditional desserts, such as fruitcakes and flambeed dishes.