Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander is a decadent dessert cocktail. Consisting of brandy, crème de cacao, cream, and sprinkled with freshly grated nutmeg, it is rich and festive. Perfect to enjoy during the holiday season!

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Brandy Alexander

Hey folks, how are you doing? I hope you are enjoying the weekend. The holiday break is almost here, so I bet some of you are still busy. I get it! Please just remember that holidays come and go quickly, so anticipation may be the best part of it.

So please set back and relax sipping on this luscious cocktail.

Brandy Alexander

A Brandy Alexander is a brandy-based (shocking, eh?!) or cognac-based cocktail. It also includes crème de cacao, cream and a dash of freshly grated nutmeg to finish.

Rich, creamy, and sweet, this cocktail is a perfect after-meal treat, especially during the holidays. It is an indulgent drink that is also strong and decadent that goes down smoothly. If you a fan of creamy drinks like Irish cream, then you should give this one a try!

What Do You Need For This Recipe?

Brandy – feel free to use brandy or cognac to make this cocktail. You do not need to buy a super expensive bottle – choose the one for reasonable price.

Crème de Cacao – a chocolate flavour liqueur of your choice. You can use dark crème de cacao or light crème de cacao, depending on your preference. I used dark as it is less sweet, to my liking. White crème de cacao has a milk chocolate flavor and vanilla notes which is nice, too. You can use even white chocolate liqueur, if you a fan of a super sweet cocktail. Personally, I would go with crème de cacao as its flavour profile is less straightforward and more complex, and it rounds out the sweetness nicely.

Cream – adding cream to the cocktail adds the luscious and creamy texture. Normally, the recipe calls for heavy (~35%) cream, but you can use cream with less fat content for a less rich version. I have seen recipes using eggnog in place of cream. While I have not tried it myself, I think it is an excellent option!

Nutmeg – this is the perfect garnish for the cocktail as it adds a warm touch to the drink. You can use cinnamon if you do not like nutmeg.

More Festive and Decadent Cocktails for Holidays

Looking for more festive cocktails to enjoy around the holidays? Be sure to check some below.

White Chocolate Martini

White Chocolate Cocktail

Dulce de Leche Martini

Homemade Gingerbread Cream Liquor

Candy Cane Cream Liqueur

I hope you like this cocktail, and you will give it a try. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Brandy Alexander
Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Drinks


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Brandy Alexander is a decadent dessert cocktail. Consisting of brandy, crème de cacao, cream, and sprinkled with freshly grated nutmeg, it is rich and festive.


  • 1 oz. (~30 ml.) brandy or cognac

  • 1 oz. (~30 ml.) crème de cacao – use dark or light, depending on your preference

  • 1 oz. (~28 ml.) heavy cream (35%) or 18% cream

  • freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish (optional)

  • a handful of ice


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the brandy, crème de cacao, and cream. Fill with ice. Shake until the outside is frosty, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Grate fresh nutmeg on top for garnish, if desired. Enjoy immediately!

17 thoughts on “Brandy Alexander

  1. David Scott Allen says:

    I have always loved Brandy Alexanders! I was introduced to them years ago by an elderly friend and just could not get enough. One local hotel restaurant serves them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – talk about a decadent dessert!

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    Growing up, I remember my mom talking about how she would make Brandy Alexanders for dinner parties. I never knew exactly what they were…until now! This sounds like a great sipping drink in front of the fire! Cheers, Ben!
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  3. Marissa says:

    This luscious cocktail / dessert is new to me, Ben. I am seriously impressed – my kind of creamy, boozy, chocolately indulgence. Definitely a must try this holiday season!

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