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Contributed by Gary Regan
With cream, crème de cacao and brandy, classic is a creamy, indulgent delight. With many details of its origin unknown, the Brandy Alexander became popular in the early 20th century. Try this cocktail as a decadent after-dinner sipper.
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.
Watch Liquor.com advisory board member Dushan Zaric make a proper Brandy Alexander in our How to Cocktail video. Learn more about the Brandy Alexander in Gary Regan’s article Behind the Drink: The Brandy Alexander
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Any bar that makes a Brandy Alexander using soft-service ice cream should be closed. It needs plain, unsweetened whipping cream. It should be thin -- not thick and not overly sweetened.
Brandy Alexander's are delicious when made properly. Make sure the bar is a nice one that carries a) good cognac and b) fresh cream. You don't want to order this at a business motel bar just because the mood strikes you. If so, you'll end up with a bad experience; a waitress/bartender who has to look up the recipe, cough syrup like cognac, and cream that comes off of the tables set for next morning's breakfast crowd next to the maple syrup. This is not what you want. Order this drink as your last when you've gone out for a REAL night out on the town or a sophisticated date at a well stocked restaurant bar. Then you'll get the most out of your experience.
Only place to get a Brandy Alexander is at the Pump on Kelly's Island. If you never heard of Kelly's Island your not from O H - I O