Brandy is defined by the USA's code of federal regulations title 27, volume 1 to be:
`Brandy' is an alcoholic distillate from the fermented juice, mash, or wine of fruit, or from the residue thereof, produced at less than 190 deg. proof in such manner that the distillate possesses the taste, aroma, and characteristics generally attributed to the product, and bottled at not less than 80 deg. proof.
Brandy recipes are available for interested parties.