How to Make a Brandy Alexander

By LeafTV Editor

Start to Finish: 5 minutesServings: 1Difficulty: Beginner

Brandy Alexander
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How To Make A Brandy Alexander

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
  • Nutmeg


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.