The glitzy Brandy Alexander recipe hails from the 1920s Great Gatsby era and became the coolest cocktail of the 1970s when Beatles fans discovered it was John Lennon’s favorite drink. Glamorous, romantic and oh-so-sweet, the Brandy Alexander cocktail brings a delicious mix of brandy and chocolate liqueur to the party, with the indulgent addition of cream for an extra smooth and silky texture. This boozy dessert cocktail is ideal for those who always crave an after-dinner sweet.
Dial up the indulgence, swap the cream for ice cream for a boozy milkshake
Ditch dessert for this boozy dessert cocktail if you crave an after-dinner sweet
A decent brandy works just as well if you don’t have the le French stuff.
Fill a shaker or mason jar with ice
Add the cognac and chocolate liqueur, and shake until well-chilled
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, such as a martini glass or coupe
Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon, if you like
Brandy Alexander variations
With so many kinds of brandy around, mix it up and experiment a little until you find your perfect serve. We love a Bisquit & Dubouché for its warm cinnamon oaky notes. For apple brandy cocktails that give cozy apple pie vibes, try calvados, which is a French brandy made with apples, or choose an aged cognac for a deeper flavor profile. To really dial up the indulgence, swap the cream for ice cream for a boozy milkshake version of the Brandy Alexander.
When to serve a Brandy Alexander cocktails
Our brilliant Brandy Alexander recipe is a delicious treat to serve at Gatsby-themed parties —think girls in sequined flapper dresses and guys in pinstripes —or at your totally groovy 1960s party and Beatles-themed parties alike.