Alexander (cocktail)

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Brandy Alexander
IBA Official Cocktail
Gin Alexander (4371721753).jpg
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish


Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Shake all ingredients with ice and strain contents into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve.

The Alexander is a cocktail consisting of some form of alcohol, Cocoa Liqueur (Crème de cacao), and cream.[1]

Earliest citation[edit]

Recipes for Mixed Drinks, by Hugo Ensslin, 1915[edit]

Alexander Cocktail

  • 1/3 El Bart gin
  • 1/3 White 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. Similarly, a Coffee Alexander substitutes coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) for gin, and a Blue Alexander substitutes blue Curaçao for crème de cacao. Other variations exist.[2]

In Jack's Manual (1910) there is another cocktail called The Alexander which is a mixture of rye whiskey and Bénédictine.[3] It is unclear whether or not this has any relation to the cream-based version.