Eau de Vie

Eau de Vie

An eau de vie (French for spirits, literally "water of life") is a clear, colourless fruit brandy that is produced by means of fermentation and double distillation. The fruit flavour is typically very light. Ripe fruit is fermented, distilled, and quickly bottled to preserve the freshness and aroma of the parent fruit. Eaux de vie are typically not aged in wooden casks, hence they are clear. Although this is the usual practice, some distillers age their products before bottling.

An eau de vie is usually served as a digestif. The typical serving size is 30 to 60 mL, owing to the high alcohol content of the spirit and because it is typically drunk after a meal during which wine, or some other alcoholic beverage, has already been served.

 

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