Easy Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe

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.

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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.

top view of a glass of Brandy Alexander

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!

If dairy isn’t part of your diet, then you’ll love our coconut shake, vegan brownies, and detox green smoothie.

Ingredients used to Prepare a Brandy Alexander Cocktail

What Ingredients Do You Need to Prepare a Brandy Alexander Cocktail?

Cognac or brandy of your choice — This is a staple spirit to have in your liquor collection since you can make other cocktails like a Strawberry HennessyCranberry Sidecar Cocktail, and Carajillo.

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

Fine grater 

Coupe glass or martini glass

adding ingredients to the cocktail shaker for Brandy Alexander

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. 

adding ingredients to the shaker for Brandy Alexander cocktail

3 — Shake vigorously for 1 minute or so until the shaker gets very cold. 

4 — Pour into the coupe glass, straining the ice.

Pouring Brandy Alexander into the coupe glass

5 — Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and grated dark chocolate 

adding freshly grated nutmeg and grated dark chocolate as garnish for Brandy Alexander

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.

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Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe

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5 from 1 vote
The Brandy Alexander is silky, sweet, and full of flavor and one of the most decadent and indulgent chocolate cocktails!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails



  • 1 oz cognac or brandy of your choice
  • 1 oz crème de cacao liqueur
  • 1 oz cream
  • Ice
  • Nutmeg freshly grated; for garnish
  • Dark chocolate grated; for garnish


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 259kcal


  • 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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