Brandy Alexander

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Cocktail History

The Brandy Alexander is a classic cocktail that was created in the 1900s but has multiple origin stories. One claims it was named for Russian tsar Alexander II of the House of Romanov. Another says it was invented at the wedding of Henry George Charles Lascelles and Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary. A third claims it was named after Algonquin Round Table member, Alexander Woollcott. And another states it was Troy Alexander, a bartender at the famed New York City restaurant Rector’s, who came up with it.

It is considered a variation of the Alexander, another classic recipe from the 1900s that is made with gin instead of brandy. Both call for a spirit, chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, and nutmeg, making it a go-to drinks for after dinner.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Cognac: This is the base spirit. We used Driftless Glen Distillery 5 Year Reserve Brandy for its rich taste and notes of cherry, vanilla, and caramel.

White Crème De Cacao: This is a chocolate liqueur that adds light cocoa notes. We used one of these made by DeKuyper.

Heavy Cream: This is a thick, high-fat milk product. We prefer to use half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s lower in calories.

Grated Nutmeg: This is the garnish. It’s sprinkled on top to add a hint of nutmeg flavor and baking spice aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Brandy Alexander begins with aromas of nutmeg and brandy and features the taste of cream mixed with spicy Cognac and a hint of chocolate on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This was our first time tasting this classic, and we both thought it was delicious, with its fragrant nutmeg aroma, creamy chocolate flavors, and hint of bitterness. It’s the perfect end to dinner or just a boozy soother when you’re craving something sweet.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

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AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Cognac
 ¾ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz Heavy Cream
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add brandy, white crème de cacao, heavy cream, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Cognac
 ¾ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz Heavy Cream
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add brandy, white crème de cacao, heavy cream, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Brandy Alexander

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More Dessert Cocktails

If you like this dessert cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A brandy cocktail made with dark crème de cacao, cherry liqueur, and a cherry

 The Marriage of Maguey: A mezcal and tequila cocktail made with coffee chocolate liqueur, orange curaçao, and agave syrup

 Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

 Grand Galliano: A low-proof cocktail made with Liquore Galliano L’Autentico, Grand Marnier, heavy cream, an orange twist, and grated nutmeg

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