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|IBA Official Cocktail|
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||Straight up; without ice|
|Standard drinkware||Cocktail glass|
|IBA specified ingredients*|
|Preparation||Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg.|
Brandy Alexander is a sweet, brandy-based cocktail consisting of cognac and crème de cacao that became popular during the early 20th century. It is a variation of an earlier, gin-based cocktail called simply an Alexander.
There are many rumors about its origins. It was supposedly created at the time of the wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles, in London, in 1922. However, the drama critic and Algonquin Round Table member Alexander Woollcott claimed that it was named after him. Other stories say it was named after the Russian tsar Alexander II.
In popular culture
In the movie Days of Wine and Roses, alcoholic Joe Clay (Jack Lemmon) takes Kirsten Arnesen (Lee Remick) out on a date. When she explains that she dislikes liquor but likes chocolate, he orders her a Brandy Alexander, starting her on her path to self-destruction.
In the James Gray movie Two Lovers, Michelle Rausch (Gwyneth Paltrow) tells Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) she drinks Brandy Alexanders with her wealthy boyfriend Ronald. Leonard orders one at a restaurant to impress her, but ruins the effect by mistaking the stirrer for a straw.
Steve Martin orders one in Sgt. Bilko.
Singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith and singer/songwriter Feist together wrote a song that compares a troublesome lover to the drink. The song appeared on Feist's 2007 album The Reminder as well as Sexsmith's 2008 album Exit Strategy of the Soul.
The drink is mentioned in the song "Fraternity Blues" by American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
Evelyn Waugh had Anthony Blanche order four Brandies Alexander in his novel Brideshead Revisited. The Granada Television adaptation for television helped repopularize the drink in the 1980s. Christian Kracht also uses the four Brandy Alexanders motif in his 1995 novel Faserland.
The character Raj Koothrappali (who needs to be intoxicated in order to talk to women) orders a Brandy Alexander at a bar in "The Hofstadter Isotope" episode of The Big Bang Theory, after he attempts to order a Grasshopper and a Chocolate Martini and is scorned by his friend Howard Wolowitz for ordering those.
In season one episode nine of Cheers, while Karla is in charge of the bar, she is asked to make a Brandy Alexander.
The drink was included as the Cocktail Moment on the 29 March 2013 episode of The Rachel Maddow Show.
In the pilot episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Richards asks for a Brandy Alexander at her first job interview.
In season four episode twenty-three of Chuck, "Big Mike" orders a Brandy Alexander at Chuck and Sarah's rehearsal dinner.
In episode one of Brideshead Revisited, Anthony Blanche orders four Brandy Alexander in a bar: two for him selves and two for Charles Ryder.
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