Brandy Alexander Cocktail

Also known as ‘The Panama,’ and originally as the ‘Alexander #2,’ the Brandy Alexander cocktail is a classic that was created in the 1930s. It’s the perfect after-dinner / dessert cocktail.
How to Make a Brandy Alexander Cocktail - Crafty Bartending


Serve in a Martini glass

  • 1 1/2 shots brandy
  • 1/2 shot crème de cacao
  • 1 shot heavy cream

Garnish: Grated nutmeg or chocolate powder.

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to your shaker
  2. Shake hard for 10-15 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Add the garnish


Like many other cocktails invented in the early 1900’s, the Brandy Alexander is first seen in the 1916 book by Hugo Ensslin’s, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. When making the Brandy Alexander it is important to be careful about going too overboard on the sweet component, but feel free to mess around with the ingredient percentages to suit your preference.

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