Discovering the Brandy Alexander
A Creamy Classic
Welcome to the world of the Brandy Alexander, a cocktail that’s like a dessert in a glass. It’s rich, it’s creamy, and it’s got a kick of brandy that makes it the perfect nightcap.
A Sip of History – From Gin to Brandy
Did you know the Brandy Alexander started as just the “Alexander” with gin? It’s true! But somewhere along the line, brandy took the stage, and boy, are we glad it did. This change gave the cocktail a richer, deeper flavor that’s been a hit ever since.
Crafting the Classic – The Recipe
- Ingredients: Brandy, dark crème de cacao, and heavy cream.
- Method: Shake it up with ice, strain into a chilled glass, and voilà – you’ve got yourself a Brandy Alexander.
Choosing Your Brandy – The Star of the Show
The brandy you choose can make or break this cocktail. I love using a VSOP for its smooth, rich flavor. It’s like the difference between a good day and a great day.
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Instructions - How to make it:
- In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, creme de cacao and half-and-half.
- Shake well
- Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the nutmeg.
The Creamy Delight – Getting It Just Right
The secret to the perfect texture? It’s all in the shake. You want to shake it until your arms complain, ensuring that creamy, frothy goodness.
Garnishing with Grace – A Dash of Elegance
A little grated nutmeg or cocoa powder on top, and you’ve got a cocktail that looks as good as it tastes. It’s the little things that make a big difference.
Modern Twists – Make It Your Own
How about adding a shot of espresso for a caffeinated kick? Or maybe some cinnamon for a spicy twist? The Brandy Alexander is your canvas.
This cocktail is more than just a drink; it’s a piece of history, a dessert, and a warm hug all in one. So go ahead, give it a try and make it your own.