Just who the Alexander is for whom the drink was named is a mystery. There are at least three claimants to the honor, one of them being Alexander II of Russia, great-grandfather of Anastasia whom everyone in Generation Y is familiar with because of the 1997 animated musical fantasy.
A classic among classics, Brandy Alexander is a cocktail drink made with equal parts of brandy, dark creme de cacao and cream, and dusted with nutmeg before serving.
I have no idea why the Brandy Alexander is often associated with sophistication; I don’t even know what separates a “sophisticated” drink from the rest. But it is undoubtedly a good and highly popular drink and I can guess why. It evokes sensations of warmth and comfort — sweet, chocolatey, and strong but smooth — and it is so easy to make. Just pour all the liquid ingredients into a glass, stir and top with grated nutmeg.
Brandy Alexander figures in many films, books and TV shows, including a scene in an episode in the second season of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, a favorite of both Speedy and Sam.
- 1 part brandy
- 1 part dark creme de cacao
- 1 part cream (at room temperature)
- grated nutmeg
Pour the brandy, dark creme de cacao and cream into a chilled cocktail glass.
Grate a nutmeg directly into the drink.
Stir and enjoy.