Brandy Alexander

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 those who don’t like the taste of alcohol but want to drink anyway. Serve it as an after-dinner drink, or to guests who want to drink along with everyone else but can’t stomach a stronger cocktail.


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.

There are a few ways to jazz it up:

Leave out the cream and ice, and instead blend the alcohol with vanilla ice cream

Serve it over crushed ice to make it a frappe

Brandy Alexander is wonderful served alone, to be sipped and savored. There is, however, one snack food with which it’s divine.


Serve with strawberries or any other kind of berry. Or oranges. Or peaches. Any fruit you enjoy dipped in chocolate will be delicious paired with a Brandy Alexander. Take a bit of the fruit, then a sip of the drink, and let the flavors combine in your mouth – heavenly.

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