Happy almost 2018, friends! It’s that strange in-between week after Christmas but before the new year where we’re half easing back into everyday life, half hanging onto the holidays because they’re not quite over yet. And thank goodness! Because I have one more festive recipe to share for the season, and it’s perfect for ringing in the new year if champagne isn’t your thing. If you’ve never had a brandy alexander, it’s a smooth and creamy blend of Cognac, Creme dé Cacao and fresh cream shaken with ice until it’s nice and chilly. The combination of strong, spicy Cognac with sweet, chocolatey liqueur is pure bliss and the cream makes it a little more mellow and immensely sippable. I infused the cream with Stash Orange Spice Tea for a kick of citrus that makes this brandy alexander even more perfectly suited for winter-yum! The whole thing is topped off with a sprinkle of freshly ground nutmeg for extra spice.
To recap: orange, chocolate, cream, nutmeg…this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and the best part is, it’s straightforward and approachable for the home bartender. If you regularly mix up cocktails at home there’s a chance you already have all the ingredients and it only takes a few minutes to make if you infuse the cream in advance, so it won’t take you away from your guests. You might already know I’m pregnant this year so I can’t enjoy this one myself (my husband got to drink these while I just sipped on orange spice-infused cream, wah!), so I’m asking you to make it so I can enjoy it vicariously through you! I wish you all a restful remainder of 2017 and a new year filled with happiness, health and tasty cocktails, of course. See you in 2018!
- 1.5 oz. Cognac
- 1.5 oz Creme dé Cacao
- 1.5 oz fresh heavy cream
- 1 bag Stash Orange Spice tea
- Heat the cream in a small saucepan until hot to the touch but not simmering. Remove from heat and submerge the tea for 10-15 minutes. Discard the tea bag and chill the infused cream until very cold.
- Combine the infused cream, Cognac and Creme dé Cacao with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve immediately in a coupe glass.
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