Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

Brandy Alexander is a creamy and delicious classic cocktail made with brandy, Kahlua, and crème de cacao, and cream. Making a Brandy Alexander with ice cream you have just created one of those tasty dessert cocktails! This boozy milkshake is perfect for Christmas, festive occasions, holidays, hot summer days, or the perfect after-dinner drink. 

Brandy Alexander made with ice cream in a glass

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What Makes Brandy Alexander Milkshake so good?

Think of a coffee and chocolate-flavored milkshake for adults, and you’ll know what you’re in for. Enjoy this incredible cocktail with your meal or as a boozy dessert. One thing is for certain you are going to love the comforting flavor and the creamy texture of this cocktail. You can serve this in a coupe glasses for a hint of elegance. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

This version of the recipe was created by Simon and Seafort’s Grill in download Anchorage. This recipe is tried and true. If you are looking for the perfect dessert cocktail for Christmas time, or if you are looking for sweet cocktails for someone, this is the recipe you must try. It is made with limited ingredients and can be made in a flash. You may want to serve this as a simple, elegant dessert. 

The History of the Frozen Brandy Alexander

Sipping some cocktails can transport you to a particular time and place in the past, and that’s true when it comes to the Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream.

The history of the cocktail starts simply enough as The Alexander, a gin-based cocktail with white creme de cacao and heavy cream. The legend goes that this all-white drink was created in the early 1900s by a New York bartender, Troy Alexander, to celebrate a successful train travel ad campaign featuring the fictional character Phoebe Snow.

Over time, people began to play around with the drink’s ingredients. In the 1930s, brandy replaced the gin, and a whipped egg was added to create a frothy concoction. This updated cocktail version was so popular that it became a cultural reference in several movies and books. But it wasn’t until the hedonistic 60s that people created the first Frozen Brandy Alexander by blending the cocktail with coffee and ice.

From there, it didn’t take much for a lazy bartender to replace the egg, cream, and ice with vanilla ice cream!

two glasses of Brandy Alexander cocktail made with ice cream

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

Brandy Alexander ingredients

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

This is one cocktail you probably don’t want to use top-shelf liquor to make. But since the alcohol is more of a flavoring component of the milkshake than a serious attempt to get intoxicated, you still want things to taste great.

For the brandy, choose one that is drinkable but not going to put a massive dent in your wallet. E & J Brandy VS is perfectly acceptable.

Creamy Kalahua is perfect for this cocktail, but it can be a bit on the expensive side. You can try using another coffee liqueur like Tia Maria or even a non-alcoholic coffee-flavored syrup if you prefer.

Dark creme de cacao provides color and flavor to the drink, but an equal amount of chocolate syrup will do the job if you don’t have it at home.

The one ingredient you should splurge on is ice cream. Use the best you can get, and try French vanilla ice cream, the kind with real egg yolks, for a thicker, creamier version that comes closest to the 1930s version of the cocktail.

How to Make Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

Making this cocktail is incredibly easy, but you do need the right equipment. That ideally means a milkshake machine, but a powerful blender will also work.

  1. Place the ice cream in a blender.
  2. Add brandy.
  3. Add Kahlua.
  4. Add crème de cacao.
  5. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  6. Pour into chilled cocktail glasses.
  7. Garnish with cocoa powder or fresh nutmeg you grind just before serving. 
Collage of making Brandy Alexander with ice cream.

Tips for How to Make a Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

  • Scoop the ice cream and allow it to sit out at room temperature for 2 – 3 minutes before blending. This will make things much easier.
  • Serve in a martini or coupe glass. Try chilling the glass in the freezer before using it to help prevent the Frozen Brandy Alexander from melting.
  • Up your garnish. Whipped cream, freshly grated nutmeg, or chocolate curls take this drink to the next level.

What should you serve with your Brandy Alexander Cocktail? 

If you are looking for ideas for what to serve with after-dinner drinks, you may want to consider some Scottish shortbread, chocolate truffles, or even a fruit plate. 

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Brandy Alexander made with ice cream in a glass

Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

Make a Brandy Alexander cocktail with ice cream for extra deliciousness.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brandy, Brandy Alexander, Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream, Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 272kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 teaspoons Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons dark creme de cacao
  • cocoa powder optional garnish


  • Place the ice cream in a blender.
  • Add brandy, Kahlua, and crème de cacao.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into glasses.
  • Garnish with cocoa powder if desired.



Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 127mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Brenda Fehringer

    5 stars
    My favorite for holidays!! Any holiday!! This is the very best Brandy Alexander Ice Cream drink recipe ever!! Thank you!! Brenda Fehringer

  2. rich

    5 stars
    PUT A MASSIVE DENT IN YOUR WALLET using 2 tablespoons of Brandy, seriously? We use 2 oz Brandy per serving and 1 oz of crème de cacao. I gave 5 stars for the suggestion of Kaluah, for that, I think I’ll start at 1/2 oz and adjust.

  3. Carol Liedke

    5 stars
    In your FIRST sentence, you use the word “cognac”. Why not just say “brandy” as you use in the rest of the article, – including the recipe itself? As a former bartender, most bars use half & half instead of ice cream. Also, never heard of using Creme de cacao AND Kahlua in this drink.

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