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Brandy Alexander

The Brandy Alexander cocktail is a luxurious and creamy libation with a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. Believed to have originated in the 1920s, it gained popularity during the mid-20th century and remains a beloved classic to this day. Made with brandy, crème de cacao, and cream, it's a decadent dessert cocktail perfect for indulgent occasions.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) brandy

  • 30 ml (1 oz) crème de cacao (dark or white)

  • 30 ml (1 oz) heavy cream

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Nutmeg for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of brandy into the shaker.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of crème de cacao to the shaker.

  4. Pour in 30 ml (1 oz) of heavy cream.

  5. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill and froth the ingredients.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg on top.

Flavor Profile:

The Brandy Alexander cocktail offers a decadent and indulgent flavor profile, with the warmth of brandy complemented by the rich, chocolatey notes of crème de cacao and the creamy texture of heavy cream. It's a dessert in a glass, perfect for sipping by the fireside or after a lavish meal.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Brandy Selection: Choose a high-quality brandy with a smooth and complex flavor profile for the best results in your Brandy Alexander.

  • Crème de Cacao Choice: Opt for either dark or white crème de cacao, depending on your preference. Dark crème de cacao offers a richer, more chocolatey flavor, while white crème de cacao has a lighter, creamier taste.

  • Cream Frothing Technique: Achieving the perfect frothiness in your Brandy Alexander requires vigorous shaking. Be sure to shake the cocktail with enough force and for a sufficient duration to emulsify the cream and create a creamy texture.

  • Garnish Consideration: While nutmeg is the traditional garnish for the Brandy Alexander, feel free to experiment with other garnish options such as grated chocolate, cinnamon, or even a chocolate shavings.

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