Alexander is a classic cocktail made with gin, cream, and crème de cacao. It was first created in the early 20th century and is often garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
- 30 ml cognac
- 30 ml crème de cacao (brown)
- 30 ml fresh cream
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Directions for how to make the Alexander
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour 30 ml of cognac into the shaker.
- Add 30 ml of crème de cacao (brown) to the shaker.
- Measure 30 ml of fresh cream and pour it into the shaker.
- Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to combine the ingredients.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Optionally, garnish the drink with chocolate shavings or a sprinkle of nutmeg.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Tips for how to make the perfect Alexander
- Chill all ingredients, including the glass.
- Use high-quality ingredients, such as a premium cognac and fresh heavy cream.
- Use a cocktail shaker to thoroughly mix and aerate the ingredients before straining into the chilled glass.
- Consider adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon on top for added flavor and visual appeal.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Alexander
An alcohol-free alternative to the Alexander is a mocktail called the “Chocolatini”. It is made with a combination of chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, heavy cream or coconut milk, and ice. The ingredients are mixed together in a shaker and strained into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for an extra touch of decadence. This drink offers the same rich and creamy flavor as the Alexander without the use of alcohol.
Alexander fun facts
- The Alexander cocktail is named after Alexander the Great, the famous king and military leader of ancient Macedonia.
- The original recipe for the Alexander called for gin, but it was eventually replaced with brandy due to the popularity of the Brandy Alexander variation.
- The Brandy Alexander is said to have been created by a bartender at the Rector’s restaurant in New York City in the early 20th century.
- The Alexander is considered a dessert cocktail and is often served after dinner.
- A popular variation of the Alexander is the Coffee Alexander, which includes coffee liqueur and is often served with grated nutmeg on top.