10 Great Brandy Cocktails

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

Brandy cocktails, brandy drinks

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
  • 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 below!)
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Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander Cocktail (& 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
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 ounces* Cognac (or other brandy)
  • 1 1/2 ounces white Creme de Cacao
  • 1 1/2 ounces heavy cream or half and half
  • For the garnish: grated fresh nutmeg

Instructions

  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. 

Notes

*1 1/2 ounces = 3 tablespoons

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

Keywords: Brandy cocktails

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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