How to Make a Brandy Alexander

How to Cocktail: Brandy Alexander

This creamy classic cocktail makes the perfect nightcap. advisory board member Dushan Zaric shows you the right way to make a Brandy Alexander.


  • 2 oz Cognac or other fine aged brandy
  • 1 oz Dark crème de cacao
  • 1 oz Cream
  • Garnish: Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Glass: Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Learn more about the Brandy Alexander in Gary Regan’s article Behind the Drink: The Brandy Alexander.



  • marcky12.fc5389 posted 8 months ago

    Although he is correct regarding using a good cognac, rather than just bar brandy to concoct this delicious beverage, I also say rather than using plain domestic dark creme de cacao, to substitute a wonderful white chocolate liqueur, such as Godiva. It makes the finished product so much more delicate and flavorful .

  • marcky12.fc5389 posted 8 months ago

    I've always said that making this incredibly delicious cocktail with dark Creme de Cacao was the poor mans' way. He is correct here by saying that a good cognac ought to be used, though instead of pouring Creme de Cacao, substitute that with White Godiva. It makes the better Courvoisier Alexander .

  • behrhornhydrotexlubecom1156262 posted 8 months ago

    Kappnm, To make a Brandy Alexander with ice cream substitute ice cream for the cream when making the drink.

  • behrhornhydrotexlubecom1156262 posted 8 months ago

    Brandy Alexander is the sister drink to Pink Squirrel, Golden Cadillac and the old standby the Grasshopper

  • SmoothCupOJoe posted 1 year ago

    That looks exquisite. What season of the year is the best occasion for drinking a Brandy Alexander?

  • sunkissed28.eec17f posted 1 year ago

    It looks so delicious, no wonder it was my parents favorite drink!

  • dannynannady2007.2b626c1 posted 2 years ago

    There's a very simple answer to your question kappnm.
    You don't.

  • kappnm posted 2 years ago

    How do you make a brandy alexander w/ice cream.

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