Brandy Alexander Cocktail

Brandy Alexander

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 13, 2022 
The Brandy Alexander Cocktail is a popular representative of the Brandy Cocktail category. And with our recipe, you can mix it to perfection.

The Brandy Alexander is one delicious dessert cocktail. It is sweet and creamy with a nice frothy texture. But don't let yourself be tricked by the sweet chocolate taste. This cocktail definitely has some booze in it, even if you don't taste or feel it immediately.

The cocktail is not exactly light. Neither regarding calories nor alcohol. But what it is, is a beautiful drink, enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts and occasional drinkers alike. So let's find out what this cocktail tastes like and how you can make it at home.

The original Alexander cocktail

Who invented the Brandy Alexander is not exactly clear. What is known is that this Brandy cocktail is a nice riff on the original Alexander cocktail. Traditionally made of Gin, the Alexander first was mentioned in Hugo Ensslin's cocktail book "Recipes for Mixed Drinks".

And even though the Alexander cocktail was already a great drink, replacing Gin with Brandy lifted this concoction to new heights. Especially in the 70s and 80s, the cocktail was all over the place. A sweet, delicious, and easy-to-make cocktail that everybody loved. But despite the low complexity, you should look closely to nail the balance of the Brandy Alexander.

What a Brandy Alexander should taste like

This drink is one of the most popular Brandy cocktails. Mixing it is all about balancing the ingredients to get the right taste. But to achieve that, you need to know what it should taste like in the first place.

A great Brandy Alexander has an intense and distinct taste of chocolate coming from the Creme de Cacao. The cream even enhances the flavor and also emphasizes the sweetness of the drink. When rounded with just the right amount of Brandy, you can also taste subtle notes of fruits.

The best choice for the Brandy is a quality Cognac. Although technically, you could use any Brandy, Cognac works exceptionally well in this drink. And that's not only me - it is the generally preferred choice when it comes to making this beautiful cocktail.

Also, you definitely don't want your cocktail to be overly sweet. Better make a stronger version with more Brandy than overdo with cream or Creme de Cacao. Your drink will still be sweet enough, but you won't run the risk of it becoming sickly sweet.

Adding grated nutmeg to the drink will not only make it look prettier but add some spice to your cocktail. Nutmeg really is a perfect match for the mix of Cognac and Creme de Cacao.

When to enjoy it

Although you naturally can drink a Brandy Alexander anytime you want, it's a perfect alternative for a dessert. Its sweet and chocolatey taste works particularly well after a nice dinner. Especially if the sweetness is well-balanced, the drink is a perfect dessert replacement that is not too heavy.

If you want to take the approach as a dessert one step further, you could serve it with some fruits, nuts, or tiny light pastries.

The recipe

After all the theory, let's get to the recipe. As mentioned already, Cognac is the common Brandy of choice for a Brandy Alexander. If you find the cocktail too sweet, adjust by increasing the amount of Cognac.

Brandy Alexander cocktail

Brandy Alexander

A delcicious, classic Brandy cocktail
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 287kcal
Cost: $3.10


  • 1.5 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Heavy cream
  • grated nutmeg


  • Prepare a Martini glass by chilling it with some ice cubes.
  • Add Cognac, Creme de Cacao, and the heavy cream into a shaker with ice and start shaking.
  • Shake until the drink is well chilled.
  • Remove the ice cubes from the Martini glass and strain the drink into the glass.
  • Put freshly grated nutmeg on top of the drink.


Serving: 3.75oz | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 92mg | Sugar: 42.6g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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