An Alexander is a drink that’s made with alcohol, crème de cacao, and cream. The most popular version is the Brandy Alexander based, as the name suggests, on a measure of brandy. The original, however, was made with gin.
This International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail used to be easy to spot because of its unusual garnish. Bartenders would place two straws across the lip of the glass and sprinkle nutmeg over the top. When they took the straws away, it left a distinctive cross on top of the drink. Nobody is too sure how this fashion started, but you’ll still find an older bartender or two who will take the time to make the cross when they serve you this delicious cocktail.
Alexanders seem to have fallen out of vogue, which is a pity because they are an excellent cocktail with which to finish a meal or sip before bed. There’s also something ridiculously comforting about the smell of nutmeg, and it adds an extra layer of flavour and warmth to the drink.
If you like the creamy taste of a Brandy Alexander, you might enjoy the super sweet coffee flavoured version which substitutes Kahlua for the brandy. For a completely different taste, try a Blue Alexander which uses Blue Curacao instead of crème de cacao and is gin based.
Here’s the recipe for making a Brandy Alexander cocktail:
- 60ml Brandy
- 30ml Dark Crème de Cacao
- 30ml cream
- Nutmeg to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients
- Shake thoroughly until the ingredients have completely emulsified
- Strain into a cocktail glass
- Garnish by crossing two straws over the top of the glass and shaking nutmeg over the drink
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass