Alexander cocktail

Alexander cocktail
The Alexander cocktail is a gin-based cocktail and is rich and creamy due to the mixing of creme de cacao with single/light cream and an egg white. Traditionally the Alexander cocktail is garnished with freshly grated nutmeg which adds to its already potent aroma.
This is a variant of the Brandy Alexander cocktail which is also garnished with freshly grated nutmeg, the only difference is that brandy is used instead of the gin that this recipe uses.
The first recipe for an Alexander cocktail appeared in the 1916 Recipe for Mixed Drinks book. It is believed that the drink was created in honour of Philadelphia player and Baseball Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • coupe glass


  • 45 ml dry gin
  • 22.5 ml creme de cacao
  • 22.5 ml single cream
  • grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg white (optional)


  • Pour in all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake well for 30 seconds.
  • Let it rest briefly, rest and shake well for another 30 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with some grated nutmeg.


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Gin was discovered by English soldiers in Holland and brought to England in the early 1600s.

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