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These brandy cocktails are full of delightfully boozy flavor! Choose from all the great brandy drinks, from Alexander to Sidecar.

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Got brandy? Brandy drinks are some of the most classic cocktails of all! This historic liquor features in everything from the tangy Sidecar to the boozy Sazerac. While vodka and gin are more popular today, there’s always a place for brandy at the table.

Here are all the best brandy cocktails to try, from creamy and sweet to boozy and dry. Each of these drinks uses various types of brandy: some you can choose your own, or others specify Cognac (French style) or Pisco (Peruvian style). Read more about types of brandy below…or let’s get mixing!

And now…the top brandy drinks and cocktails to try!

Types of brandy

Brandy is a liquor made from distilling wine or other fruit, like apples or apricot. There are several major types of brandy that feature in the drinks below, including:

  • Cognac, a French brandy that tastes spicy, fruity, and bitter, with notes of vanilla and oak. A popular type of Cognac is Hennessy.
  • Armagnac, a more full-flavored, richer French brandy, with notes of dark caramel, chocolate and burnt orange
  • Calvados, an apple or pear brandy made in France
  • Brandy de Jerez, Spanish brandy that tastes dry and smooth, with notes of caramel, almond and vanilla
  • American brandy, any type of brandy made in the US
  • Pisco, a Peruvian brandy made of fermented grapes with a funky, earthy flavor. (It’s very different, so only use it in the Pisco Sour!)
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Brandy Alexander

15 Brandy Cocktails: Brandy Alexander & More Drinks!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Everyone loves a Brandy Alexander: creamy, sweet and boozy! Mix up this classy dessert drink recipe with brandy and Creme de Cacao. 


  • 1 ½ ounces* Cognac (or other brandy)
  • 1 ½ ounces white Creme de Cacao
  • 1 ½ ounces heavy cream or half and half
  • For the garnish: grated fresh nutmeg


  1. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls of ice and shake until cold, about 15 seconds. 
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with grated fresh nutmeg and serve. 


*1 ½ ounces = 3 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Marcus says:

    Thanks for a great read and ideas always liked brandy had a bottle sat for a while.just opened it with ice and cola and was looking for something a little different to try with it just the job plenty of ideas cheers.

  2. Paul says:

    Thank you for reminding me how to make a brandy alexander. I’m getting up in my years, so it was too much alcohol for me. So I experimented tonight without the brandy. If you like my recipe, let other people know about it. I don’t need credit, just tell me if you liked it as much as I did.

    My recipe is called “Heaven Can Wait.”
    -One ounce Cream de Cacao
    -1/2 ounce Amaretto
    -One tablespoon of chocolate coffee syrup
    -Two scoops of frozen whip cream.

    Stir the mixture until the frozen whip cream is not frozen.

    Seriously, heaven CAN wait!

  3. Derek says:

    My favorite Brandy drink I call a Brapple
    One shot Brandy and two shots of apple juice.
    A simple drink that softens sweetens the taste of the Brandy

    1. Dan, London says:

      Clear or cloudy!? :)

  4. David Burkes says:

    Very helpful, thank you!
    Cant wait to try the alexander