Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Brandy • Sweet
Brandy Alexander

Explore drinks similar to this

If you have a cocktail sweet tooth but want something a little more complex than a Chocolate Martini, look no further than the Brandy Alexander. This smooth drink is a derivative of the gin-based Alexander cocktail, created in the early 1900s by Troy Alexander at Rector’s in New York. The luxe brandy variation came about in 1922 when it was served at the London wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles. However, several real-life Alexanders, including drama critic Alexander Woollcott and Russian Tsar Alexander II, claim they were the actual inspiration for the new Cognac cocktail. Regardless of who swapped out the spirits or why, the cocktail went on to overshadow its gin-based predecessor and even garnered some celebrity endorsers. John Lennon famously loved the Brandy Alexander, and took to calling the drink his “milkshake.”

The Essentials

dark crème de cacao
heavy cream
The Details


2 oz Cognac
1 oz dark crème de cacao
1 oz heavy cream


  • Add ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Liqueur Sweet Easy

Iconic for its pale green hue, the Grasshopper is a sweet and creamy dessert cocktail, perfect for a last minute after-dinner treat on a hot summer evening. The cocktail is made simply with equal parts white crème de cacao, green crème de menthe and cream, so the hardest part of mixing one at home is tracking down the liqueurs (or digging th...