Carrying on with our cocktails-using-creme theme, this is one very much worth keeping. The Brandy Alexander, which uses brandy instead of the Alexander's gin, is more flavorful.
Proportions, again, are all over the place. Traditionally they are equal parts brandy, creme de cacao, and cream. This, though, is too desserty for me. Though if you're mixing one for a guest ask. If they are a chocolate-cake-for-dessert kind of person, I'd go with this proportion.
Another writer, Gary Regan ups the brandy by ½. Getting better. But I'm going to recommend, as does the writer Robert Simonson, a 2 to 1 to 1 ratio. And I would even give permission to halve the amount of cream.
In any case, the Brandy Alexander, which John Lennon and Harry Nilsson (what a songwriter he was; "Everybody's Talkin'," "Coconut," "Without You," "Gotta Get Up"). Poor guy died thinking everyone thought he was an asshole because he and Lennon got a bit obnoxious when too far into their Brandy Alexanders.
So, here's a toast to the memory of a worthy artist, with the very worthy Brandy Alexander.
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- 2 ounces brandy
- 1 ounce creme de cacao
- 1 ounce cream (or ½ ounce/tablespoon
- grated nutmeg
- Combine the fluids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir well to chill. Strain into a cold coup. Grate nutmeg over the top.