The New Brandy Alexander

Celebrate the classic Brandy Alexander with this modern, Italian spin.

This modern take on the classic Brandy Alexander calls for Vecchia Romagna, an Italian brandy with luscious vanilla and baking spice flavors, but any other brandy can pinch hit. Though it’s creamy and delectable straight up, consider taking this cocktail and a handful of ice cubes for a spin in the blender to make a frozen frappe.

Recipe courtesy Gina Schauerte, bartender at Blackbird Bar, San Francisco

1½ ounces Vecchia Romagna Brandy
1½ ounces crème de cacao
½ ounce heavy cream
2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
2 dashes Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
Fresh ground nutmeg, for garnish

Traditional: Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and fine strain into a martini glass or pousse-café glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

Frozen: Add all ingredients except garnish to a blender with ice. Blend and pour into a pousse-café glass. Garnish and serve with a straw.

Bourbon, Calvados, Scotch, Brandy, Liqueurs

Published on January 30, 2015
Topics: Brandy, Cocktail Recipes
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email:

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