History of the Brandy Alexander Cocktail
No one’s quite sure who the Brandy Alexander cocktail was named after—theories include theatre critic Alexander Woollcott, the Russian Tsar Alexander II, or New York City bartender Troy Alexander. It first appeared in the 1930 cocktail recipe cookbook The Savoy Cocktail Book and gained popularity throughout the twentieth century.
Classic Brandy Alexander Recipe
Prep Time3 min
Total Time3 min
- 1 ounce brandy
- 1 ounce crème de cacao (also called chocolate liqueur)
- 1 ounce heavy cream (or half and half or whole milk, if you prefer)
- Ice cubes
- Optional: Grated or ground nutmeg, for garnish
- Pour the brandy, crème de cacao, cream, and ice into a cocktail shaker.
- Shake until the mixture is chilled.
- Use a strainer to strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with nutmeg, if desired. Serve cold.
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