|IBA Official Cocktail|
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||Straight up; without ice|
|Standard drinkware||Cocktail glass|
|IBA specified ingredients*|
|Preparation||Shake all ingredients with ice and strain contents into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve.|
Recipes for Mixed Drinks, by Hugo Ensslin, 1915
- 1/3 El Bart gin
- 1/3 Crème de Cacao
- 1/3 Sweet Cream
Shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve.
The most common variation of the Alexander is the Brandy Alexander, made with brandy instead of gin. Similarly, a Coffee Alexander substitutes coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) for gin, and a Blue Alexander substitutes blue curacao for crème de cacao. Other variations exist.
In Jack's Manual (1910) there is another cocktail called The Alexander which is a mixture of rye whiskey and Bénédictine; it is unclear whether or not this has any relation to the cream-based version.