The Brandy Alexander is a dessert drink: chocolatey, sweet, creamy and smooth. Drinkers sometimes refer to it as a “milkshake” because the alcohol taste is so light. It’s a popular choice for occasional drinkers, but it’s also beloved by many veteran cocktail drinkers.
Don’t be fooled by the taste, however. Far from being weak, this drink contains a standard serving of brandy, plus an ounce of liqueur. The only mixer is an ounce of half-and-half (or, for those of you in regions where half-and-half isn’t a thing, single cream, or equal parts whole milk + whipping cream).
It works wonderfully as an after dinner drink because it’s sweet enough to replace dessert. You can make it even more sweet by topping it with whipped cream.
If you want to serve this one with food, think about what goes well with milk chocolate. Orange slices or berries, for example. Nuts of any variety go nicely with it, too. Salty treats like bacon or asiago cheese can also work surprisingly well. You could try to pair it with a meal, but the richness of this drink works better with appetizers or light snacks.
This is a great drink to serve at parties – you can even mix up a pitcher in advance. While you don’t need an occasion to enjoy it, it makes a great choice for holiday entertaining.
Brandy Alexander Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces brandy
- 1 ounce dark creme de cacao
- 1 ounce half-and-half
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes. Pour in the brandy, creme de cacao, and the half-and-half. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle the grated nutmeg over the top. Tip: grind a fresh, whole nutmeg over the top of the drink and it’ll have more flavor than ground nutmeg from a jar.