Grated nutmeg is a must for this classic cocktail as it sets the tone for the bliss ahead. While the Brandy Alexander leans on the sweet side, this makes a fabulous after dinner dessert cocktail for indulgence of the sinfully delicious sort. It is said that at one time the Brandy Alexander was John Lennon’s preferred liquid indulgence. Whether this is true or not could be left to speculation, but it did inspire the non-alcoholic Lennon’s Milkshake for the very reason John is said to have called the Brandy Alexander his ‘milkshake’. If one were to blend the Brandy Alexander with ice cream and top it off with whipped cream this certainly would be the perfect ‘milkshake’.
January 31 is Brandy Alexander Day
1 ounce Brandy
1 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao
1 ounce Heavy Cream
Grated Nutmeg Garnish
Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to blend and chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
Though the recipe calls for dark crème de cacao, if you only have light crème de cacao use it. The significant difference between the two liqueurs is color rather than flavor. Better to enjoy the drink using spirits on hand rather than skipping the experience all together.
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