Not that one needs an excuse to enjoy a Brandy Alexander, after all this decadent chocolate and cream cocktail is the perfect end to a gourmet meal. But January 31 is International Brandy Alexander Day which should be a good enough reason to raise your own Brandy Alexander to toast, if nothing else, the only cocktail to have a day officially named in its honour.
Although there are a few different legends as to the origin of a Brandy Alexander, general consensus is that the cocktail’s first official appearance was at the reception of the wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in London in 1922. The cocktail proved very popular in pre and post war England and became something of a cultural icon, with numerous endorsements in songs, books, film and television.
This simple concoction of cream, crème de cacao, cognac or brandy, and a sprinkle of nutmeg can be made at home. And for a decadent dessert, just add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream and transfer to a bowl.
You will need:
1 part crème de cacao (alternatively use any good chocolate liqueur such as Klipdrift Black Gold),
1 part cream,
1 part Van Ryn’s 10 year old brandy
Add all the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill the shaker halfway with ice cubes and shake for about 30 seconds or until the outside of the shaker is getting nicely frosted. Strain into a glass, traditionally a cocktail glass or martini glass which, ideally, you’ve been chilling in the freezer.
Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and you’re ready to celebrate Brandy Alexander Day in style!
Did you know that South Africa makes the best brandy in the world?