Brandy Alexander

Winter is coming, and not only for fans of a certain HBO series. What better way to ease through the chilly winter nights than with a delicious cocktail, one that nicely incorporates the best parts about the latter season of the year.

The ‘Brandy Alexander’, which dates back to the early twentieth century, incorporates flavours that are sure to make those long cold nights feel warm and snug, despite it  being a chilled and creamy drink.

Named (according to legend) after either Russian tsar Alexander II or, after drama critic Alexander Woollcott in 1922, this recipe requires a taste for smooth creamy flavours with an additional bite of grated nutmeg and chocolate. A cocktail kit isn’t essential but does drastically improve the quality of the finished product.


  • 40ml brandy
  • 12.5 ml crème de cacao white/brown (chocolate liqueur)
  • 25 ml sugar syrup (or  1tbsp sugar + 1tbsp water)
  • 50ml double cream (or milk if cream is unavailable)
  • 3-4 scrapes of grated nutmeg

This drink is intended for a martini glass, so when drinking remember to enjoy the taste.

Pour all ingredients save the nutmeg into a mixing glass/container, shake with ice or stir vigorously, and strain once.

Liberally grate the nutmeg over the drink to give it its final kick.

Then just sit back and enjoy this festive drink with its most suited accompaniment: re-runs of “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “White Christmas”. Either classic would do.

Alex Knight


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