Pumpkin Brandy Alexander Cocktails

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Fall is in full swing and that means it is pumpkin spice time. While I love incorporating pumpkin into my baking at this time of year, I also have fun adding it to my cocktails. These pumpkin bandy alexander cocktails are an elegant way to celebrate everything that the season has to offer!

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Autumn is my favorite time of year. The air gets crisp and the leaves turn the most beautiful shades of red and green. I also find the air has almost a sweet odor to it. I love to curl up in my favorite spot on our back deck and sip hot chocolate under a blanket and watch the leaves fall on the tall trees around our house. It is one of the best things about the season!

I first saw a cocktail recipe similar to this in the Better Homes and Gardens Best Pumpkin Recipes magazine. I decided to make some tweaks to the recipe to make it more to my liking. I made my version of this cocktail for a girls night a little while ago and they were a hit! They are the perfect decadent cocktail that evokes the best feelings of fall.

What is a Brandy Alexander?

The brandy alexander is a classic cocktail believed to have been created by a bartender named Alexander in New York. A classic brandy alexander cocktail  is extremely simple - equal parts brandy, crème de cacao, and heavy cream shaken in a cocktail shaker and served in a martini glass. The original brandy alexander recipe is not intended to be a chocolate cocktail, but to have a hint of chocolate flavor that is balanced by the brandy and cream. This recipe adds an autumn twist with flavors of pumpkin and espresso added to the mix!

pumpkin brandy alexander top view
pumpkin brandy alexander cocktails

What Do I Need to Make Pumpkin Brandy Alexander Cocktails?

While the full recipe checklist is available below, here is a list of what you will need to make the most delicious pumpkin alexander.

  • Sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • One to two ounces brandy
  • Creme de cacao
  • Brewed espresso or coffee
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Half and half or heavy cream
  • Pure maple syrup

If you want to make an extra special presentation, you can also add chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, or ground nutmeg. You could also use white creme de cacao for another twist on this recipe.

How to Make the Best Pumpkin Brandy Alexander

While the full recipe instructions are available in the recipe card below, here are some tips to make the best fall version of the cocktail!

  • First, we will prepare our glasses! Mix the sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a shallow dish. Wet the rim of your cocktail glasses and place them in the sugar to rim the glasses. Now, place your martini glasses in the fridge or freezer to chill them.
  • You will need a cocktail shaker - I love to use this one! Using your cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, add all of the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and pour over a strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with any garnishes you want and enjoy!
pumpkin brandy alexander cocktails side view
pumpkin brandy alexander cocktails

What to Enjoy with Your Brandy Alexander

Here are some healthy recipes you will enjoy with your pumpkin alexander.

If you have more of a sweet tooth, these would also be great with some white chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Chocolate ice cream would be great too!

Other Cocktails You Will Love

Here are some other cocktails you will enjoy!

Enjoy your cocktails for fall and be sure to share your creations with me on instagram - tag me at @scrambledandscrumptious or #scrambledandscrumptious!

Pumpkin Brandy Alexander Cocktails

Fall is in full swing and that means it is pumpkin spice time. While I love incorporating pumpkin into my baking at this time of year, I also have fun adding it to my cocktails. These pumpkin bandy alexander cocktails are an elegant way to celebrate everything that the season has to offer!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 + 1/2 oz brewed espresso or coffee
  • 1 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Mix the sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a shallow dish until well combined. Wet the rim of your glass and coat the rim with the sugar and pumpkin pie spice mixture.
  2. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and add all of the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously until the cocktail is chilled and well combined. Pour over a strainer into cocktail glasses and top with cocoa powder, shaved chocolate or shaved nutmeg. Enjoy immediately.

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