There aren’t very many commonly called for cocktails that use brandy as the main liquor, but the Brandy Alexander is certainly included in that short list (others that come to mind would be the Stinger or the Sidecar). But did you know that the classic Alexander recipe was originally considered a gin-based drink? I didn’t until I had read Gary Regan’s contributing article on Liquor.com earlier this month on the cocktail once known as the Alexander #2.
A slight variation on this classic cocktail, Hiram Walker adapts the Brandy Alexander using its Dark Crème de Cacao and adds a splash of coffee to compliment the hints of dark chocolate and nutmeg.
Take a break from Martini Monday (or Margarita Monday, we’re not biased here!) and give the Brandy Alexander a try tonight for Brandy Alexander Day.
Hiram’s Brandy Alexander:
- 1 1/2 – 2 parts brandy
- 1 part Hiram Walker Dark Crème de Cacao
- 1/2 part cream or half-and-half
- Splash coffee
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.