Alexander Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Alexander cocktail, also known as the Brandy Alexander, is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It is believed to have been created in honor of the Russian Tsar Alexander II. The cocktail gained popularity during the Prohibition era and has been a favorite among sophisticated drinkers ever since. The Alexander is a creamy, indulgent drink that is perfect for dessert or a nightcap.

  • Early 20th century origin
  • Popular during Prohibition
  • Named after Russian Tsar Alexander II

How Alexander Tastes?

The Alexander cocktail is a rich, creamy, and indulgent drink with a smooth, velvety texture. It has a perfect balance of sweetness and warmth, with hints of chocolate and nutty flavors.

Interesting facts about Alexander

  • The Alexander is often considered a dessert cocktail due to its rich and creamy texture
  • The Brandy Alexander, a variation of the original Alexander, replaces gin with brandy
  • The Alexander is sometimes referred to as the 'adult milkshake' due to its creamy consistency and sweet flavor


A few good options for Alexander are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin gives the Alexander its botanical punch. With 1 oz, it's perfectly balanced—not too boozy, not too meek. Without it, the drink loses its backbone, becoming a creamy puddle of sweetness. Alternative: For a softer floral hit, swap in a light vodka.

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Crème de Cacao

A chocolate liqueur that sweetens the deal. It brings a dessert-like quality. Too much, and it's cloying; too little, and why bother? This is the soulmate to gin's briskness. Alternative: Swap for a coffee liqueur if you crave a mocha-tini vibe.

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Heavy Cream

This is the cloud on which your cocktail rests, lending lushness with 1 oz. Any less, and your drink might just be a handshake with no hug. More, and it's a milkshake in disguise. Alternative: Coconut cream for a tropical take or light cream for fewer calories, but at what cost?

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A pinch for the exotic whisper at the end of the sip. Neglect it, and your drink has no final flourish—a story without an ending. Alternative: A dash of cinnamon could add a warm twist.

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Recipe. How to make Alexander Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, crème de cacao, and heavy cream
  3. Shake well until chilled and well combined
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail until the shaker becomes frosty. This ensures the drink is well chilled.
  • Use freshly grated nutmeg for the garnish. It gives a more intense flavor.
  • For a richer texture, you can use half-and-half instead of heavy cream.

Perfect Pairings

Dessert Pairing

  • Chocolate Delicacies: The rich cocoa in the crème de cacao pairs splendidly with chocolate desserts like brownies or chocolate mousse.

Cheese Pairing

  • Creamy Cheeses: A cheese platter featuring brie or camembert can complement the creamy texture of this cocktail.

Coffee Pairing

  • Espresso or Strong Coffee: The robust flavors of a good espresso can cut through the creaminess and add a nice contrast.

Seasonal Pairing

  • Fall Spices Treats: Anything with cinnamon, clove, or pumpkin spices will resonate with the nutmeg garnish.

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What you could change in Alexander

  • Gin: You can substitute it with brandy to make a Brandy Alexander.
  • Crème de Cacao: If you don't have it, you can use a chocolate liqueur.
  • Heavy Cream: Half-and-half or whole milk can be used as a lighter alternative.

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Brandy Alexander

Switch out gin for brandy to get a smoother, warmer drink that feels like a cozy blanket on a chilly evening. Perfect for when gin seems too sharp and a mellow mood is what you're after. The brandy enhances the vanilla notes of the cream.

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Add a splash of coffee liqueur to the original recipe for a kick that pairs excellently with the chocolate. Ideal for those who want to be alert and relaxed at the same time - a caffeinated chocolate hug.

White Alexander

Replace the crème de cacao with white crème de cacao and add a splash of vanilla extract for a lighter, more fragrant twist. It's a subtle change that invites you to a different, less chocolate-heavy experience while maintaining the creamy delight.

In case you forgot basics how to make Alexander

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Alexander

What is the best type of Gin to use in an Alexander cocktail?

This largely depends on personal preference, but London Dry Gin is often recommended for a classic taste.

Can I make the Alexander cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you could substitute the gin and crème de cacao with non-alcoholic equivalents or simply use a non-alcoholic spirit with a dash of chocolate syrup.

How do I store leftover Cream de Cacao?

Crème de Cacao can last a long time if stored properly. Keep the bottle tightly sealed and store it in a cool, dark place.

Is there a difference in taste if I replace the garnish?

Nutmeg gives a unique flavor to the cocktail which can't be matched by many spices. However, garnishes such as cinnamon could be used if preferred.

Can I prepare the Alexander cocktail in large batches for a party?

Yes, the recipe can certainly be scaled up for large batches. However, be sure to remember that preparation might need to be adjusted to maintain balance in flavour.

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