Brandy Alexander

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If you have a cocktail sweet tooth but want something a little more complex than a Chocolate Martini, look no further than the Brandy Alexander. This smooth drink is a derivative of the gin-based Alexander cocktail, created in the early 1900s by Troy Alexander at Rector’s in New York. The luxe brandy variation came about in 1922 when it was served at the London wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles. However, several real-life Alexanders, including drama critic Alexander Woollcott and Russian Tsar Alexander II, claim they were the actual inspiration for the new Cognac cocktail. Regardless of who swapped out the spirits or why, the cocktail went on to overshadow its gin-based predecessor and even garnered some celebrity endorsers. John Lennon famously loved the Brandy Alexander, and took to calling the drink his “milkshake.”



  • 2 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz dark crème de cacao
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • nutmeg


Step one

Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into chilled coupe glass.

Step two

Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Contributed by Supercall

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