Clearly, I have an affinity for classic cocktails. There’s something special about recipes that have stood the test of time, let alone Prohibition. Well, here’s another vintage offering for you, this time of the dessert variety. For some reason, the Brandy Alexander never receives the love that it truly deserves. But after hearing Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s story, I was inspired to dust off the old bottle of crème de cacao and get to work. And trust me . . . I’m so happy that I did. This cocktail is delicately sweet and creamy, beyond simple, and instantly my new nightcap for the upcoming holiday season.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1 oz dark crème de cacao
  • 1 oz half and half
  • freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

This is a very simple cocktail, and the quality of the ingredients you choose will be noticeable. If possible, try using a nice cognac over a bottom-shelf brandy. Also, if you prefer an even sweeter, creamier drink, try using cream instead of half and half.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Add equal parts of cognac, dark crème de cacao, and half and half to your shaker.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Add ice and shake for 30 seconds so the drink becomes cold and frothy.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Double strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any ice shards.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

And you’re done!

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

The perfect after-dinner treat to fit the season.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe // HonestlyYUM

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