Mad Men inspired cocktails part one, the Brandy Alexander.

10 December 2012

I’m planning a bit of birthday fun this year, and am having a blast putting together a Mad Men themed cocktail party.  Eeek, I’m really excited!  The last cocktail party I hosted was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s film screening party, SO much fun.

It’s been a long time since I’ve made or indulged in a cocktail, and I the least I can do, through the week ahead, is refresh myself on the basics, and have some fun.  I’m not such a big drinker, but making cocktails is a pleasure, beautifully hand crafted lovely drinks, and everything tastes better in a cocktail glass.

Thought I’d share a couple of the drinks, here is the Brandy Alexander, which is basically a handmade Baileys in a pretty glass…  You may recall from Mad Men, this was a drink of choice for Peggy.

Brandy Alexander

One part  cream
One part  brandy
One part  crème de cacao
Nutmeg to garnish

Pour the liquors and cream into a mixing glass or shaker half full of ice. Shake and pour in martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

A couple of tips, I keep my glasses chilled in the freezer, along with my shaker, and extra ice.  I write this recipe in ‘parts’ as you might have different size glasses to fill (I have a couple of different cocktail glasses that I use) and it is a bit of a crowd pleaser, so you may want to play around with it!

As a variation, a few dashes of Angostura bitters is nice to garnish, and cinnamon is also a nice alternative to nutmeg.

Next up… the Harpoon!

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