Brandy Alexander is a cocktail crafted with quality and was very popular back in the 70s. A mix of cognac, creme de cacao, and cream for a delicious and creamy cocktail that just tastes too good. The Brandy Alexander is a variation of the classic Alexander cocktail that was originally made with gin instead of cognac, and no longer popular.
No one knows the exact origin of the drink, but we’re not short of stories. Some sources say they created the cocktail for the wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles back in 1922, but Alexander Woollcott, who was a drama critic and a member of Algonquin Round Table, claims someone named the cocktail after him. Some even say the Russian ruler Alexander II was the one they named the drink after. However, the most believable story is that the drink got named after Troy Alexander, who was the creator and was also a bartender at New York City restaurant called Rector’s.
A book from 1916 called “Recipes for Mixed Drinks”, written by Hugo Ensslin, is the earliest literature to record the recipe for the Alexander cocktail.
The Brandy Alexander was first called “Alexander #2” and it was John Lennon‘s favorite drink. He got introduced to it on March 12, 1974, by Harry Nilsson, on Lennon’s so-called “lost weekend”. He even said the cocktail tasted like a milkshake, and who doesn’t like those…
Ingredients for Brandy Alexander:
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of cognac.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) dark creme de cacao.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) cream.
- Sprinkle grated nutmeg for garnish.
- Add ingredients into a shaker (cognac, dark creme de cacao, cream)
- Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
- Strain into a chilled Martini glass or a coupe glass.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.