The Brandy Alexander is a classic dessert cocktail. It’s creamy and delicious; pure liquid indulgence. This popular classic has inspired many delicious flavored variations using a wide range of base spirits. This Bourbon Alexander is one such creative endeavor. The Bourbon Alexander gives the classic recipe a little more adventurous kick with bourbon and black cherry notes. The bourbon variation is soft on the palate with warming notes that tease the senses.
The warming notes in this version play nicely with cooler temperatures. It’s awesome as is, but… I happen to think ice cream and cooler temperatures work nicely together, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the ingredients list below. Place it all in a blender and whirl away. Pour it in a tall glass. Top with whipped cream, of course! Sprinkle nutmeg and a little shaved chocolate over the top if you dare. Double the recipe if you’re in a sharing kind of mood.
Bourbon Alexander Drink Recipe
Bourbon Alexander – recipe adapted from the Brandy Alexander classic cocktail, Cheri Loughlin
3/4 ounce Jim Beam Bourbon
3/4 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam Black Cherry
1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao
1 ounce Half & Half
Grated Nutmeg Garnish
Place liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg over the top of the drink.
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It’s no secret the Negroni Campari cocktail in its many variations is one of my favorite cocktails. The Boulevardier is the whiskey-based cousin of the Negroni. It is also the stepping stone cocktail of the Left Hand Cocktail that includes chocolate bitters. Yum!
The Boulevardier is said to date back to the 1920s making this a classic cocktail. This is an easy three ingredient drink to make. It can be served cocktail style or on the rocks. The Boulevardier drink tastes wonderful with spicier style bourbons with cinnamon notes. Spice weaves nicely with the bitter sweet flavor of Campari.
Boulevardier Classic Cocktail Recipe
1-1/2 ounce Bourbon
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference
Place liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist or orange twist. My personal preference is an orange twist.
Photo shows a Boulevardier mixed by bartender Chris Engles, Omaha, Nebraska.
The simplicity and style of The Journey cocktail follows along the line of classic cocktails while using spirits with a solid history. This recipe specifically highlights the lush flavors found within The Macallan Single Malt Whisky.
The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes. The Macallan remains flavorful in the underlying character of this cocktail.
The Journey Cocktail Recipe
The Journey – recipe by Cheri Loughlin
1-1/2 ounces The Macallan 12
1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
1/2 ounce Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year
1/4 ounce Grand Marnier
1 Dash Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
Orange Zest Twist
Combine liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Zest a fresh orange twist over the cocktail and drop twist into the drink.
The Journey cocktail was commissioned by representatives of The Macallan in 2011 for the Masters of Photography campaign. This recipe has also been featured on The Macallan website and Whiskey Israel. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for The Macallan on this site.