Cognac Gift And Brandy Gift Set Delivery – Toronto And Ontario

Cognac is one of the best-selling liquors in the world. If you are looking for gifts for cognac lovers, you have come to the right place. 

Know someone who has a special anniversary coming up? Or a birthday? A cognac gift basket might just be the right warmth you can add to their occasion. A cognac symbolizes delicacy and sophistication. Cognac may have a reputation for being a premium liquor because of its limited production. But there are still plenty of affordable cognacs out there. 

Looking for a cognac gift set? Or the best brandy to buy as a gift? Combine this exclusive drink with our curated gift basket options of scrumptious chocolates,  delicious fruits and other curated snacks, and you have the recipe for the perfect gift.

Cognac And Brandy Gift Sets

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What Kinds Of Items Can Your Cognac And Brandy Gift Sets Include?

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Liquor: Cognac Or Brandy Gift Set

Cognac has a long history, dating back to the third century. It’s not for nothing that cognac is known as the “spirit of the gods.” Cognac is considered one of the finest of all grape-based spirits. 

The liquor comes with notes of fruit and spice and packs more complex aromas of leather, tobacco, and roasted nuts. 

Cognac hails from France and is a specific type of brandy. It must be produced from white grapes and comes from the terrier of the Cognac region in France. Most cognac can be broken down in quality according to the age:

  • VS (Very Special): This should be aged for the minimum of two years. 
  • VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale): This is a slightly upgraded version, having been aged for at least four years. 
  • XO (Extra Old): The name says it all. This vintage blend would have spent at least six years maturing in the oak barrel. 

What are the best gifts for cognac lovers? You don’t have to worry too much about the kind of cognac you are gifting because our cognac gift pack comes with background information on the liquor used, including: 

  • Raw materials
  • Production methods
  • History 
  • Geography 

And what’s the difference between cognac and brandy? All cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is cognac. Cognac must fulfil the conditions we mention above, but brandy can come from anywhere in the world. You simply can’t get an American cognac or Russian cognac. 

The unique and strict rules governing cognac is what makes this drink expensive and worth cherishing. If you are looking for the best cognac for a gift, look no further!

Brandy Or Cognac Gift Basket: Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

There’s a lovely bouquet of complex, fruity flavors in a cognac. We can enhance your cognac gift with additional gifts of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.

At 180 Drinks, we believe that just as it’s important to choose some of the best liquor, it’s also important to choose what goes with the cognac gifts. 

We always emphasize organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables to complement your cognac gift set. 

Some of the most complex fruity aromas you get from France’s favorite brand includes:

  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Pears 
  • Apricots

Complement these with fresh fruits to create a delectable offering.

Fresh Herbs And Spices

You can also amp up your cognac gift set or even brandy gifts with some fresh herbs and spices, apart from fruits. 

Some of the most common herbs and spices we recommend for cognac cocktails include:

  • Juniper
  • Star anise 
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Peppercorns
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Chamomile

Citrus Notes for Brandy Or Cognac-Based Cocktails

One of the most famous yet simple cognac cocktails is known as The Sidecar. This classic cocktail features just three ingredients: Cognac, Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice. 

We can provide fresh citrus fruits for any of your gifts for cognac lovers. This is a welcome addition that is sure to bring a smile to your recipient!

Sweeteners In Brandy Or Cognac Gift Kit

Cognac can have many different flavors such as spicy, fruity, bitter, and even sweet. Because of the terrier, which is restricted to the particular region in France, cognac can merge the basic flavors with many complex ones. Expect notes of cinnamon, dried apricots, or even leather and chocolate in your cognac. 

All of this means that you may not want to add sweeteners to the base drink. But  sweeteners can be an essential component to a properly balanced cocktail. 

As part of your gifts for cognac lovers, we use syrups that are free from artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and sweeteners.

Bitters For Your Brandy Or Cognac Gift Pack

You can create some brilliant cognac cocktails with bitters such as Peychaud’s.

Bitters can add a touch of complexity to your cognac cocktail. 

Bitters are traditionally an alcoholic preparation flavored with botanical matter so that the end result is characterized by a bitter, sour, or bittersweet flavor. It’s this primary bitter taste that helps to balance out a drink and add complexity.

We include bitters in our cognac drink gifts to help pull out buried flavors, and to create balance, texture, and aromatics.

Brandy Or Cognac Gifts Garnishes

Cognac cocktails always lend themselves well to fruit garnishes, and a popular one created in New Orleans in 1938 is a Vieux Carré. This cocktail features a cherry or lemon twist garnish. 

Similarly cognac can have other garnishes, including:

  • Mint
  • Lemon peel
  • Cherry
  • Fig
  • Ginger slices

Add to your cognac gift basket with our curated selection of garnishes.

Ice For Your Brandy Or Cognac Gifts

At 180 Drinks, we can supply large clear ice cube trays for any of your cognac cocktail gifts. 

Not all ice is created equal. We use large cube ice that doesn’t melt easily. This ensures that the cognac is not unduly diluted. 

You would just waste a fine cognac cocktail with too much ice. This is a premium drink that requires premium handling.

Glassware For Your Brandy Or Cognac Gift Set

What is the best way to drink cognac? The simplest is to enjoy cognac neat. For this, we suggest a ‘taster’s glass.’ This is a narrow glass which is long enough to allow the richness of the cognac to permeate your senses. A brandy glass gift set would also be the exact same type we would recommend. 

For cognac served with ice, we suggest a simple tumbler glass that can hold about two ice cubes. We can complement your cognac gift set or brandy glass gift set with the appropriate glassware.

Cognac Gift Ideas: Recipes and Instructional Videos

All our brandy gifts as well as our cognac gift basket can come with handy ideas on presentation, useful recipes, and instructional videos. 

This adds a thoughtful touch to your gift and ensures that your giftee would love to put together a drink evening with this gift!

Chocolate Gifts For Cognac Or Brandy Lovers 

Pairing chocolates with cognac is simple enough. But we suggest a few ideas to keep in mind when you are considering gifts for cognac lovers. 

If your cognac is relatively ‘young,’ then creamy, soft chocolates would go well with it. If the cognac is aged, more intense dark chocolates would enhance the complexity of those aromas and flavors. You can always check with us about the kind of chocolates you may want with your cognac gifts. 

Apart from chocolates, we offer other snacks as well to compliment our cognac gifts. To learn more about the other food accompaniments consult the individual gift descriptions.

Personalized Gifts For Cognac Lovers

Not only would you be giving a curated cognac gift basket, you can always add an extra personal touch with a note. 

Let us know the message you want to give as part of your gifts for cognac lovers at the time of placing the order, and we will take care of the rest. 

 

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Cognac And Brandy Cocktail Gifts Bar Tools 

We can provide professional barware for our drink gifts. These are bar tools that our mixologists themselves use!

Our cognac gift set shows you how you can put the bar tools, the glassware, and all the ingredients together to create a truly bar-like ambience at home!

Brandy And Cognac Tasting Gift Set FAQs

What kind of pairings are allowed for my cognac gift set?

Sometimes, customers like to pair their drink gift with a specific liquor that is not included. Other times, our customers like to ship our drink gifts to other provinces in Canada or internationally to the US. 

If you are looking for a bottle or brandy gift instead of a cognac gift do not fret. You can substitute a preferred spirit with one of your choice. We usually charge a small fee for that. Please get in touch with us for a customized quote.

Where do you ship or deliver the brandy or cognac gift box?

We deliver our cognac and brandy gifts through our local couriers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and surrounding cities below in Ontario. 

 

  • Ajax
  • Aurora
  • Barrie
  • Brampton 
  • Brant 
  • Brantford 
  • Burlington
  • Caledon
  • Cambridge 
  • Fort Erie
  • Grimsby 
  • Guelph
  • Halton Hills 
  • Hamilton 
  • Ingersoll 
  • King City 
  • Kitchener 
  • Lincoln 
  • London 
  • Markham 
  • Milton 
  • Mississauga 
  • Newmarket 
  • Niagara Falls 
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pelham
  • Pickering
  • Port Colborne
  • Richmond Hill
  • Schomberg
  • St. Catharines
  • Stratford
  • Thorold
  • Toronto (Downtown Core, East End, East York, Etobicoke, North York, North End, Old Toronto, Scarborough, West End, York)
  • Vaughan
  • Waterloo
  • Stratford
  • Welland
  • Whitby
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodstock

Do you ship outside Ontario?

We can ship our cocktail drink gifts, including liquor to cities, provinces, or countries not listed in the “Where do you ship or deliver the cognac gift box” FAQ,  for an additional fee. This requires coordination through a local merchant. 

 

With this option, your drink gift would be sent in two shipments. You would receive the liquor from our partner merchant, while the non-alcohol drink ingredients for the cocktail gift would be sent directly from 180 Drinks. For this option, please contact us for a quote.

How long does my brandy or cognac delivery gift take?

All orders placed before 5pm are processed for next day delivery. However, orders placed after 5:00pm will be processed the following business day.

Can you suggest some food pairings with my cognac gift?

Why not? Cognac is bold, complex, and can be complicated in taste. Choose food that tempers the boldness of cognac. This ensures a good balance between its complexity and the delicate flavors of your food. 

 

Some of our suggest food pairings for your cognac gift are:

 

  • Cheese: Keep the mature cheeses for the aged cognacs. 
  • Duck: Try to pair a smoked duck with a fine cognac. 
  • Mushrooms: Buttered mushrooms pair well with light cognacs.
  • Sushi: Although this might appear odd, the delicate flavors of sushi tend to balance the strong acidity of cognac.

How many drinks come in each brandy or cognac gift box?

The number of drinks in each cognac gift varies by size. Please see the individual product descriptions for the number of drinks included. 

What is the best thing to mix with cognac?

Cognac, despite the premium tag, is a very easy and simple drink. It lends itself to versatility. It can pair well with a wide variety of foods and can be enjoyed for many occasions. 

 

You can enjoy your cognac neat or with some drops of water to open up the aromas. You can always make delicious cocktails as well. You can even mix with soda and lemon to make a lemonade!

What is a cognac tasting gift set?

Cognac all comes from the same regions in France, but can vary in quality depending on the aging process or maturing. A cognac tasting gift set allows you to gift a cognac tasting collection. This way, you can appreciate smaller quantities of a younger, fresh cognac and more matured cognac, which can really bring out the differences in the two.

 

A cognac tasting gift set is particularly good if you are not very familiar with your giftee’s drinking preferences. A cognac tasting gift set is great for the connoisseur and novice alike who can appreciate the different complexities in each cognac. 

What are the delivery or shipping costs for brandy or cognac gift sets?

All shipping costs are calculated at the checkout for each order. 

I placed my gift set order. When will my order be delivered or shipped?

Order by 5pm for next day delivery via our local couriers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and select cities below in Ontario (See FAQ:  “Where do you ship or deliver to”).

 

For shipped orders via courier, orders will be processed for delivery the next business day. The shipping time depends on the shipping method and carrier selected. 

 

Our subscription boxes are prepared for shipment or delivery by the first week of each month. We will send you an email with a tracking number for shipments sent via post.

Can I pick up my brandy or cognac gifts?

Absolutely! FREE pick up is available from 12pm to 6pm every day at our office at 400 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga ON L4Z 1N8 

Can you deliver my drink gift to my giftee on a specific date?

Absolutely! When you purchase a drink gift, you can select a preferred delivery date. We will then schedule your gift for the delivery or ship date desired. 

What is the difference between a one-time drink gift and a drink gift subscription?

A one-time drink gift is delivered once, whereas a drink gift subscription delivers a new unique drink each month for a selected duration of time. You can purchase a drink gift for 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, or Infinity (Billed Monthly). 

 

After purchase, we will send your giftee an email on your selected day to notify them of their gift, including a personal message from you. They can select their desired base liquors for their monthly drink gift subscription and provide their preferred shipping address.

Each month, your giftee will receive a new unique drink gift delivery for your selected duration.

What type of occasions are your cognac and brandy gifts good for?

A good cognac gift is great for any occasion! But we have found that our customers love giving cognac or brandy as a gift during birthdays, anniversaries, and personal celebrations such as a promotion at work or Valentine’s Day!

 

Looking for a brandy or cognac gift for him and not sure which to select? Try a cognac or brandy miniatures tasting gift set. These sampler bottle gifts are great for several occasions such as birthdays or for dad on fathers day. 

Do you get your liquor for your cognac or brandy gifts from the LCBO?

The LCBO offers a great selection of cognac and brandy for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario. We do source our liquor for our cognac and brandy gifts from the LCBO.

Do you sell your Cognac and Brandy Gifts on Amazon or Etsy?

Currently we only sell our cognac and brandy gifts through our website. Amazon and Etsy currently do not allow for the sale of gifts with alcohol on their platform. 

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