Start to Finish: 5 minutesServings: 1Difficulty: Beginner
A Brandy Alexander is a creamy, brandy-based cocktail that is served in a martini glass. Recipes for the Brandy Alexander date as far back as 1916 and while there are several rumors about who created the drink, the commonly accepted origin if from a New York bartender in the pre-Prohibition era. It's a simple drink, requiring only three ingredients to make your own tasty Brandy Alexander.
- 2 ounces cognac or brandy
- 1 ounce creme de cacao
- 1 ounce half -and-half
Key to a delicious Brandy Alexander is using a quality, fine-aged brandy. Cognac is an acceptable substitute, but stay away from cheap brandy or your Brandy Alexander will have an astringent and bitter taste.
Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 to 2/3 full with ice.
Pour in the brandy, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake five or six times to mix the ingredients and chill the mixture.
Strain the liquid into a martini glass. It will likely be foamy, this is due to shaking the half & half and is completely natural.
Sprinkle the top of the martini with a dash of nutmeg and serve.
If you have fresh nutmeg available, use a very fine grater to grate it over the top of the martini and make it stand out.
- Switch up the garnish and use a sprinkle of cinnamon or chocolate powder.
- Before the drink was created using brandy and became the well-known cocktail it is today, it was made with high quality gin. Go really old school and try it for yourself.
- You can substitute a dark creme de cacao for a bolder taste.
- If you like a bit of a different twist, use only 1/2 ounce of creme de cacao and trade in a flavored liqueur such as cherry, vanilla or hazelnut.