Spirit + Crème de Cacao + Cream
Earliest known recipe is from Hugo Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks. The cocktail, according to historian Barry Popik, was likely born at Rector’s, New York’s premier pre-Prohibition lobster palace. The bartender there, a certain Troy Alexander, created his eponymous concoction in order to serve a white drink at a dinner celebrating [fictional character] Phoebe Snow. An earlier form of the drink from “Jack’s Manual” (1920) had a recipe of Alexander Cocktail
- 75% rye whisky
- 25% Benedictine
- 1 piece of ice
Twist of orange peel. Stir and serve.
- Behind The Drink: Brandy Alexander, by Gary Regan