Happy Brandy Alexander Day! Celebrate by serving up this after-dinner drink that's a throwback to the days of Mad Men. With brandy, creme de cacao, and Winter spices, this milky drink offers buzz without too much bite. If you're looking for a sweet treat to end the day, host Brandi Milloy offers a dessert version of the drink, too. Watch the video to see both versions, then print out the recipe.
A milky mix of brandy, cream, and creme de cacao, the brandy alexander is often referenced but rarely ordered. Rumored to be a favorite drink of John Lennon's, this classic cocktail has had a song written about it (Feist's "Brandy Alexander"), and in an episode of Mad Men, Peggy orders one to get her through an unsuccessful date.
After hearing so much about brandy alexanders, I finally made one for myself — and quickly drained the glass. Though on the sweeter side, this drink isn't as dessert-like as you might think; with smooth yet potent brandy, it pleases much like a white russian.
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Song of the Day: Feist, "Brandy Alexander"
Today is National Brandy Alexander Day and I haven't been able to get the chorus of the Feist song of the same name out of my head. In case you've also been afflicted with this problem today, I decided to dig up a version of "Brandy Alexander." Feist hasn't made an official video of the song, but luckily, YouTube had several clips of her performing it live.
Ever since Yum informed me that today is National Brandy Alexander Day, I haven't been able to get the chorus of the Feist song of the same name out of my head:
"He's my Brandy Alexander
Always gets me into trouble
But that's another matter
As far as the downtempo songs from The Reminder go, it's one of my favorites; its particular sing-song-y quality also guarantees that once it's in my head, I'll start involuntarily swaying back and forth, hoping none of my coworkers notice.
In case you've also been afflicted with this problem today, I decided to dig up a version of "Brandy Alexander." Feist hasn't made an official video of the song, but luckily, YouTube had several clips of her performing it live. Feist's voice sounds absolutely gorgeous on the one I chose, and the relatively steady video is filmed from pretty close up, so you can watch Feist in all her glory. To check out the song — whether it's been wedged in your head or you're hearing it for the first time — just read more
Take the Quiz
Hooray! Today is National Brandy Alexander Day! If you are scratching your head wondering who on earth is Brandy Alexander I suggest you take my quiz to find out more. Afterwards you can stump your friends with nonsense about Brandy Alexander, doesn't that sound like fabulous fun?