Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe


An easy cocktail recipe for a

Brandy Alexander

The famous sweet and creamy after-dinner cocktail 



  • 1 part dark creme de cocoa (cocoa liqueur)
  • 2 parts cognac (brandy)
  • 2 parts cream
  • nutmeg
  • ice cubes
  • cocktail glass


How to mix a Brandy Alexander

For a Brandy Alexander cocktail put several ice cubes in a shaker, then add the liqueur, cognac (brandy) and cream and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with nutmeg.


Bartender’s tips and advice

  • This is a classic and popular after-dinner cocktail. After-dinner drinks are also called digestif. Pre-dinner drinks are also called apéritif.  Apéritifs are usually dry, digestifs usually sweet or creamy. The Brandy Alexander is a creamy and sweet drink with a slight chocolate taste.
  • The recipe dates back to the first half of the 20th century and most likely to the 1920s, the golden era of cocktails. But it is unclear if its origins are in London or New York. In any case the drink is named after the bartender Troy Alexander in New York.
  • When mixing feel free to replace cognac with any other Brandy. Only those brandies are allowed to be called cognac that are from a specific area in France with that same name. Therefore every cognac is a brandy, but not every brandy is a cognac. If it comes to mixing cocktails, it doesn’t really matter if you use a brandy or a brandy from that specific region in France.
  • Find more tips and interesting facts in the bartenders guide.


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