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Holiday Cheer in a Glass

This chocolate dessert cocktail will take the cake at your holiday party.

Famously known as John Lennon’s favorite cocktail, the Brandy Alexander comes from even more mysterious origins than it’s brother, the gin-based Alexander. Although the drink can be traced back to the 1940s, history has hidden who first substituted British gin for French cognac. With its combination of comforting flavors, perhaps the visionary of the Brandy Alexander had holiday entertaining in mind – nowadays, it’s a versatile staple of the season.

The standard formula calls for a perfect mix of warm winter flavors with brandy, chocolate liqueur, cream and a dash of nutmeg. Mix it up with coffee for a modern twist, or exchange the cream for a scoop of vanilla ice cream and blend to create a grown-up milkshake.

While this sweet concoction can stand alone as a dessert course, you may want to pair it with a treat at holiday parties. Indulge in rich chocolate desserts and pumpkin pie, or choose a lighter option, including recipes with winter fruit such as oranges, dates, or cranberries for an infusion of freshness. Nutty treats like seven-layer bars or roasted nuts also pair well, and you can’t go wrong with classic shortbread or chocolate chip cookies.

- Claire Noack for DRINKS Magazine


Recipe: Brandy Alexander

2 ounces of your favorite VSOP Cognac
1 ounce dark creme de cacao
1 ounce heavy cream, or to taste
freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Add ice and all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

Find this, and other recipes in the WinterDRINKS Magazine, available now at Surdyk’s. 

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