Brandy Alexander Cocktail

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It’s Brandy Alexander Day, and if you’ve never tried one, today is the day. This creamy cocktail came into existence in the early 20th century and enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1970’s, but it’s origins are up for debate. What is known is that the Brandy Alexander is a variation of the gin-based “Alexander”, updated with Cognac.

Make Your Own 

1 part Cognac (I suggest Rémy Martin), 1 part Crème de Cacao, 1 part Milk (or cream); shaken over ice and served straight up in a chilled cocktail glass + a sprinkle of Nutmeg. Cheers!

John Lennon and the Brandy Alexander

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The Brandy Alexander was John Lennon’s drink of choice, after being introduced to him by drinking buddy Harry Nilsson during their legendary “Lost Weekend” on March 12, 1974. If you’re wondering why the exact date is known, it’s because Lennon drank so many of these dangerous cocktails (they really taste like adult chocolate milk) that he and Nilsson were escorted from Los Angeles’ iconic Troubadour night club. Lennon was photographed in a drunken punch up with bouncers that ran it’s course through the tabloids, and the Brandy Alexander was to blame.

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