This Brandy Alexander recipe is the perfect treat for any party! It’s silky, sweet, and full of flavor and one of the most decadent and indulgent chocolate cocktails.
This Brandy Alexander recipe is a variation of a classic gin cocktail, the “Alexander”. Contrary to what usually happens, the variation became even more famous than the original!
And although the original is quite delicious as well, we can see why the Brandy Alexander became a hit.
What is a Brandy Alexander?
The Brandy Alexander is an aromatic, creamy, chocolate flavored cocktail that uses brandy or cognac as the main spirit.
You then mix in Crème de cacao liqueur, cream (or half and a half), and a touch of freshly grated nutmeg.
The classic Alexander cocktail, on the other hand, features a gin base, Crème de cacao, and cream. It’s still delicious, but being a different base spirit, it results in a less indulgent and aromatic cocktail.
But one thing is certain, it was created back in the 20th century, and it is still a hit!
Is It Possible to Make This Cocktail Dairy-Free?
Yes, you can make the Brandy Alexander with dairy-free cream options.
But keep in mind that the cocktail will drastically change. Dairy-free cream substitutes tend to have a very different flavor than regular cream.
However, we’ve also got great results with this Brandy Alexander recipe when we used coconut milk. So don’t be afraid to try different options!
What Ingredients Do You Need to Prepare a Brandy Alexander Cocktail?
Creme de cacao
Freshly grated nutmeg and grated dark chocolate — For garnish
Useful Equipment to Make the Brandy Alexander
Cocktail shaker — To mix and chill all the ingredients
Jigger — To measure the pour of each liquid
Coupe glass or martini glass
How to Make a Brandy Alexander
1 — Start by adding the ice to the cocktail shaker.
2 — Pour each ingredient inside the shaker and close tight.
3 — Shake vigorously for 1 minute or so until the shaker gets very cold.
4 — Pour into the coupe glass, straining the ice.
5 — Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and grated dark chocolate
Notes and Tips
— The Brandy Alexander is not served with ice. So in case you prefer your drinks cold, chill the glass in advance for at least 15 minutes. Or make it “frozen” by using a blender instead of the cocktail shaker.
— Since this is a very sweet and filling cocktail, it is perfect served after meals as a dessert cocktail. It’s best paired with a light dessert like Italian macarons, chai crepe or a Summer Fruit Tiramisu.
For more tasty cocktail recipes, here are a few we like —
- Italian Martini Spritz Cocktail Recipe
- Cream Polka Dot Martini Recipe
- Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe
- Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe
Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe
- Cocktail shaker
- Fine grater
- Coupe glass
- 1 oz cognac or brandy of your choice
- 1 oz crème de cacao
- 1 oz cream
- Nutmeg freshly grated; for garnish
- Dark chocolate grated; for garnish
- Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
- Pour each ingredient inside the shaker and close tight.
- Shake vigorously for 1 minute or until the outside of the shaker frosts up.
- Pour the mixture into the coupe glass straining the ice.
- Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and grated dark chocolate,
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