A Sweet and Creamy Cocktail of Mysterious Beginnings
We’re all for a good mystery, and the origin of this week’s featured cocktail – and of its predecessor, for that matter – has the entire mixology world scratching their collective heads. The Brandy Alexander, a smooth, sweet concoction of brandy, crème de cacao and rich cream, is on the menu this Thirsty Thursday. And we’re faced with the challenge that we’ve no idea whom to thank for this delicious treat.
The Brandy Alexander is derived from the more plainly named Alexander, which first hit the bar scene around 1915, using gin instead of brandy. The drink is said to have been inspired by everyone from baseball stars to heroes of resistance during Prohibition, but no solid credit has ever been attributed. This has not stopped revelers from imbibing in the rich sweetness of the drink and exploring the many possibilities that exist with this particular flavor palate. The Alexander cocktail family has grown to include the Alexander the Great (vodka instead of gin), Alexander’s Sister (gin but with crème de menthe instead of crème de cacao), Cherry Alexander (with vanilla vodka and cherry brandy), Irish Alexander (with cognac and Irish cream liqueur) and on and on.
The Brandy Alexander is one of the reigning favorite derivatives of the original, and for good reason. The deep caramel flavor of brandy melds with the cacao and cream for a perfectly indulgent night cap or dessert cocktail. Until we get to the bottom of who officially invented it, we’re giving credit to Crystal’s barkeepers, who are sharing their recipe this week. Mix it up in your home bar, sip and imagine yourself in the Cove Bar after the perfect Waterside feast, listening to the refrains of the baby grand.
Crystal’s Brandy Alexander
1.0 oz. Martell cognac
1.0 oz. Brown crème de cacao
1.0 oz. Cream
Mix and shake well with ice and strain into a glass. Serve over ice or straight up, sprinkle with nutmeg.
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