Brandy Alexander

19th-century decadence.

brandy alexander cocktail recipe daniel krieger

The Brandy Alexander, also known as the Alexander No. 2 is a mix of equal parts brandy, crème de cacao and cream dusted with freshly grated nutmeg. The first edition, which employs gin as its primary spirit, was born of necessity; Prohibition required a heavy hand in sweet ingredients to conceal poor-quality spirits produced illegally. Eventually the Alexander No. 1 evolved with the taste of the times, and gin was replaced by cognac or brandy.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce brandy, VSOP
  • 1 ounce brandy, VSOP
  • 1 ounce crème de cacao, Tempus Fugit
  • 1 ounce crème de cacao, Tempus Fugit
  • 1 ounce cream
  • 1 ounce cream

Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a coupe or a small rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Editor's Note

For an extra-icy cocktail (this one is especially good when very cold), chill all of your ingredients ahead of time.