Brandy Alexander Recipe

A creamy delight perfect for a post-dinner treat. Learn how to make the Brandy Alexander Recipe.
Brandy Alexander cocktail recipe in a couple glass in front of some logs

METHOD

Shaken

GLASS

Coupe or Cocktail Glass

CATEGORY 

Brandy

BRANDY ALEXANDER RECIPE INGREDIENTS 

50ml Brandy

25ml Crème De Cacao

25ml Single Cream

HOW TO MAKE A BRANDY ALEXANDER COCKTAIL

Place a Coupe glass in a freezer to chill. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients above.

Shake all ingredients for 15-30 seconds until the outside of the shaker becomes cold to touch.

Strain into the chilled Coupe glass and a dusting of grated nutmeg on top to garnish. 

GARNISH

Nutmeg

TELL US ABOUT THE BRANDY ALEXANDER COCKTAIL RECIPE

The Brandy Alexander is an indulgent dessert cocktail ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth.

While its exact origins are currently unknown (and likely never will be), most people have traced it back to a pre-prohibition bartender in New York named Troy Alexander. 

The drink rose to prominence in the early 1920s before really gaining a cult following in the 60s/70s alongside other cream-based cocktails and Disco Drinks such as a Grasshopper.

While the popularity lessened as these sweet drinks fell out of trend, the Brandy Alexander is still a much-loved cocktail to this day. 

Most bartenders opt to make this cocktail with equal parts brandy, crème de cacao, and cream for a more balanced drink and this might be the recipe you choose to adopt if it’s your first time making this cocktail.

Our preference though is for a slightly more ‘boozy’ mix opting for 50ml brandy instead of 25ml. 

Did You Know

The Brandy Alexander is based on an earlier cocktail simply known as the Alexander.

An Alexander cocktail has a gin base instead of a brandy base – though it’s still enjoyed as a dessert cocktail all the same. 

Expert Tip

You might find that people tend to swap the crème de cacao for a coffee-based liqueur like Kahlua.

While this will still give a sweet and creamy cocktail, the original recipe calls for a dark crème de cacao so that you get the dominant note of chocolate. 

Other variations can be tested like a white crème de cacao but for the original, always opt for a dark crème de cacao.

What To Drink Next?

Enjoyed the Brandy Alexander recipe? Why not try the Brandy Crusta, another delicious cocktail with brandy.

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