Alexander (cocktail)

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IBA Official Cocktail
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Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish Nutmeg
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
IBA specified
Preparation Shake all ingredients with ice and strain contents into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve.
Timing After dinner
dagger Alexander recipe at International Bartenders Association

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

Earliest citations[edit]

Jack's Manual on The Vintage & Production, Care & Handling of Wines, Liquors &c., by Jacob Abraham Grohusko, 1910

Alexander Cocktail

  • 75% rye whisky
  • 25% Benedictine
  • 1 piece of ice

Twist of orange peel. Stir and serve.[2]

Recipes for Mixed Drinks, by Hugo Ensslin, 1915

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.[3]

In Jack's Manual (1910) there is another cocktail called The Alexander which is a mixture of rye whiskey and Bénédictine.[2] It is unclear whether or not this has any relation to the cream-based version.