Brandy Alexander Cocktail

The Brandy Alexander contains Brandy, Dark Crème de Cacao, half-and-half cream and is garnished with a light dusting of nutmeg. Considered one of the most elegant after-dinner drinks, the Brandy Alexander pairs well with chocolate desserts.

Brandy Alexander Cocktail

Recipe by Maurice BeaverCuisine: Dessert Cocktail
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A Brandy Alexander is a rich and classy after dinner cocktail that goes perfect with chocolate desserts!


  • 1 ounce of Brandy

  • 1 ounce of Dark Crème de Cacao

  • 1 ounce of Half-and-Half Cream

  • Nutmeg (garnish)


  • Add Brandy, Dark Crème de Cacao and Half-and-Half Cream to a Cocktail Shaker.
  • Shake well with Ice and Strain into a Martini Glass.
  • Lightly sprinkle Nutmeg on top.


  • For making the drink at a bar, grate fresh nutmeg over the cocktail
  • When making the drink at home for yourself, you can sprinkle the Nutmeg with your fingers.
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Can I use Cognac instead of Brandy?

Yes! Cognac is a type of Brandy and earlier Brandy Alexander recipes called for Cognac.

Can I use White Crème de Cacao instead of Dark Crème de Cacao

Dark Crème de Cacao is preferred as it gives the Brandy Alexander cocktail a creamier look. Dark Crème de Cacao also tastes more like bitter dark chocolate and vanilla, which helps balance out the cocktail. White Crème de Cacao is fine for a Brandy Alexander, however, sometimes it comes off as too sweet (depending on the brand) and make the cocktail taste a bit like chocolate milk.

Other substitutions for Crème de Cacao might be Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. Some folks also go way out and turn a Brandy Alexander into a dessert beverage by substituting condensed milk, coconut milk or vanilla ice cream for the half-and-half cream.

What is the best Brandy for a Brandy Alexander?

Hennessy X.O, Rémy Martin and Courvoisier are popular Brandies, however, there are many other excellent brands out there.