Ginuary 30th: Alexander.

Tonight I needed a comfort drink that would get me through the Parenthood finale. This one filled that quota exceptionally.

Kinda cool, this one. You’ve heard of a Brandy Alexander, I’m sure. Even if you don’t know the drink and its contents, you’ve at least heard the phrase (Feist’s song—and Ron Sexsmith’s song in response—is just great). Here’s the thing… it’s an offshoot of the gin grandpappy beverage. Gin is the original. That’s a sentence I like.


  • 45ml gin (I used Hendrick’s)
  • 45ml creme de cacao
  • 45ml pure/single/thin cream

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle with some nutmeg.


Can you tell I used cinnamon instead? Misplaced nutmeg. Decent sub.

This tastes like a Brandy Alexander but with gin instead of brandy, so… better.

Most recipes I’ve found call for a London dry, but I stubbornly decided that the sweeter notes of Hendrick’s would go well with this drink that is clearly a dessert beverage! I think I was right? Who knows. I had to try two differently measured versions too, but in the end I’m awarding this to the original 1:1:1 split. Plus it’s easier to remember.