We celebrate so many holidays and the like – but Brandy Alexander Day is one to remember! Every year on January 31, otherwise known as Brandy Alexander Day, those who enjoy a good drink should raise their Brandy Alexander’s in a toast to the only cocktail to have a day officially named in its honour – cool right?
There appears to be some confusion over the origins of the Brandy Alexander. Popular opinion leans to the first appearance of this decadent cocktail being at the wedding reception of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in London in 1922.
However, the Russian Tsar, Alexander II thought otherwise, believing that the cocktail was named after him, while a famous opera critic of the time, Alexander Dragon was convinced that the drink was named in his honour.
Regardless of its origin, we do know that that the Brandy Alexander was developed from an earlier cocktail simply called the Alexander which used gin instead of brandy. The Brandy Alexander is slightly smoother and sweeter than the gin-soaked original and went on to claim international fame and favour on cocktail list in the swankiest bars and clubs.
The cocktail proved very popular in pre and post war England and made a resurgence in the USA during the 1970’s, becoming somewhat of a cultural icon, with numerous endorsements in songs, books, film and television.
It’s really yummy, sweetish, but not over powering and perfect to sip on post a delicious dinner.
What better way to celebrate this auspicious day than to prepare your Brandy Alexander with friends or family. This relatively simple cocktail is a concoction of 1 part brandy, 1 part chocolate liqueur and one part cream, garnished with a dusting of nutmeg. And for a decadent dessert, just add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream and transfer to a bowl. Here is the recipe for you…
1 parts crème de cacao (alternatively use any good chocolate liqueur such as Klipdrift Black Gold)
1 parts 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 🙂
Cheers friends and fans, let’s raise a a glass and celebrate Brandy Alexander Day in style.