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Drink of the Day: The Alexander - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: The Alexander

April 13, 2016 | By |

As you all know if you have been following for a while, I like to share an old classic with you from time to time.  Here’s one with a little history.

The original Alexander cocktail, made with gin, creme de cacao, and cream, was first seen in print in Hugo Ensslin’s 1915 book, “Recipes for Mixed Drinks”.  This cocktail was the creation of Tony Alexander, a bartender at a famous pre-prohibition eatery called Rector’s in New York City.  He created a cocktail to celebrate the cartoon character Phoebe Snow, a fictional passenger of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad, who wore a white dress.  She was used in their marketing to promote the use of clean coal for their trains.

Many of you are more familiar with the Brandy Alexander, which substitutes the gin for brandy or cognac.  This version of the original was introduced in 1922 at the wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in London, England.

A very easy-to-make beverage with a lot of flavor, I highly recommend you trying out the original.  Especially if you are a gin fan.

Hope your day is full of great moments.  Cheers!


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1 part Gin

1 part White (Clear) Creme de Cacao

1 part Light Cream

Ground Nutmeg


Method:  Combine the first three ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.  Cap with a tin and shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Top with a pinch of ground nutmeg.


This Day in History:

1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.

1970 – Astronauts on the Apollo 13 announce, “Houston, we have a problem.”, when an oxygen tank exploded on-board as they were flying to the moon.

1997 – Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Golf Tournament and the first of African descent to win a major golf title.

2004 – Barry Bonds hit his 661st home run, surpassing his Godfather, Willie Mays on the All-Time Home Runs list, putting him in third place.


Notable Birthday:

A United States founding father and president, Thomas Jefferson was born on this date in 1743.

Notable Quote:

“In matters of style, swim the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”  –  Thomas Jefferson




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