Brandy Alexander and Mary Tyler Moore

01/28/2017 , 2m, 58s

In memory of the great Mary Tyler Moore, I'm reposting on the Brandy Alexander. In the pilot of The Mary Tyler Moore show, Mary asks for a Brandy Alexander. Not exactly what Mr. Grant had in mind.

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The Alexander was invented in the early 20th century by Troy Alexander at Rector's in New York City. The original gin gave way to brandy, resulting in the Alexander #2, aka the Brandy Alexander.

The recipe I'm using calls for a 1:1:1 ratio of brandy, creme de cacao, and cream. You'll also find references to a 2:1:1 ratio which definitely seems like a good thing to try.

The nutmeg garnish is important on this one. Try to get a whole nutmeg and grate it on the cocktail. The aroma really enhances the experience.

  • 2 oz. Cognac or brandy
  • 2 oz. creme de cacao (white or dark)
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • fresh nutmeg

Place Cognac, creme de cacao, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Grate fresh nutmeg on top as garnish.

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