What To Drink on National Brandy Alexander Day

A standout from the classic cocktail repertoire, the Brandy Alexander has been satisfying drinkers since the early 20th century. Some say it was created for the London wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in 1922; others claim it was named for Russia’s czar Alexander or for Troy Alexander, a bartender at NYC restaurant Rector’s. It was undeniably John Lennon’s favorite drink.

One thing is for certain: the Brandy Alexander was originally made using brandy, creme de cacao and cream. In honor of Brandy Alexander Day, bartenders from around NYC and Los Angeles have concocted their own riffs on the tipple using Torres 15 brandy. Here are the 4 of the Torres 15 brandy drinks to sip on Brandy Alexander Day.

Saxon Brandy Alexander


by Maxime Belfand from Saxon + Parole NYC

  • 1.5oz Torres 15 Brandy
  • .5oz cold brew coffee liqueur
  • .75oz creme de cacao
  • 1 oz coconut cream

Garnish with grated nutmeg. Shake and double strain into a Nick and Nora glass.

316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012; 212-254-0350; www.saxonandparole.com; @saxonandparole

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by Christine Wiseman from Broken Shaker LA

  • 1.5oz Torres 15 brandy
  • .5oz Averna
  • 3 dash chocolate chili bitters
  • 1.5oz Ube coconut cream

Combine ingredients in tin and shake. Double strain into a coupe.

416 W. 8th St. (at Freehand Hotel), Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213-395-9532; www.freehandhotels.com/los-angeles/broken-shaker; @freehandhotels

Alexandros the Great


by John Livanos from Ousia

  • 1.5oz Torres 15 Brandy
  • 1 oz Rakomelo
  • 1 oz Tahini honey syrup*

Garnish with grated cinnamon. Shake and double strain into a Nick and Nora glass.

*Tahini honey syrup: 1 cup tahini, 1 cup honey, 1 cup water, one cinnamon stick, whisk together and boil for 10 minutes

629 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019; 212-333-2000; www.ousianyc.com; @ousianyc

Brandy Alexander


by Yael Vengroff from Spare Room Hollywood

  • 1.5 oz Torres 15 brandy
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream
  • .75 oz Marie Brizard White Cacao
  • .5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
Shake and strain. Serve in a snifter with one cube. Garnish with skewered raspberries and grated nutmeg.
7000 Hollywood Blvd. (at the Hollywood Roosevelt), Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323-769-7296; www.spareroomhollywood.com; @spareroomhwood

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