The brandy Alexander is a luscious cocktail that charmed drinkers for most of the 20th century and hasn't lost any appeal. The simple recipe finds a perfect balance between just three ingredients: brandy, dark crème de cacao, and cream.

This is one of the great retro brandy cocktails, and the recipe could not be easier: one part each of brandy, dark crème de cacao, and cream. Some like to go heavy on the brandy but the classic recipe is as good as it gets. Keeping everything equal worked for countless years and there's no need to mess with perfection.

While this cocktail is a dessert on its own, it can be paired with food. Berry desserts, custards, and lightly sweetened citrus or vanilla cream treats make excellent complements. A chocolate dessert might be too much, so choose fresher flavors.

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