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Brandy Alexander Cocktail

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The Brandy Alexander cocktail is a drink built with cognac, creme de cacao, and heavy cream!

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Info

Brandy Alexander was a popular drink in Manhattan's Upper East Side bars during the 1970s. It can be a great quaff when it is well crafted.

This is a modified version of the largely forgotten Alexander cocktail. It uses brandy instead of gin.

Hugo Ensslin's 1916 publication " Recipes For Mixed Drinks" contains one of the earliest printed recipes for Alexander. The cocktail was probably created at Hotel Rector in New York City, which was the city's most famous pre-Prohibition lobster house. Troy Alexander, the bartender at Hotel Rector, invented his eponymous cocktail to be served at a Phoebe Snow dinner.

Phoebe Snow was, should I clarify, a fictional character used in an advertisement campaign for the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. The company wanted to convey that its locomotives were powered by anthracite, a clean-burning type of coal.

Recalling the Brandy Alexander cocktail, it was initially known as Alexander #2. How do you make the drink? Make sure to use a lot of brandy and a lot less sweetener. This is just a starting point. You can modify it to your liking. You can also try the original, gin-based Alexander.

Brandy Alexander

A modified Alexander!


5 from 1 vote
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 45 ml Cognac
  • 30 ml Cream De Cacao
  • 30 ml Heavy Cream


  • Add ice and the ingredients to your cocktail shaker.
  • Shake the drink cold and fluffy.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with some nutmeg.
  • Serve!

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Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 444IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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