Coffee recipes: Coffee Alexander

largeYou’ve probably heard of a Brandy Alexander, a sweet, brandy-based cocktail made from Cognac and chocolaty crème de cacao that became popular during the early 20th century. It’s not the first cocktail to bear the name, either – its ancestor was simply called an Alexander and was based on gin. There are many stories about the origin of the name, including a claim by drama critic Alexander Woollcott that it was named in his honour, while others claim it was was named for the Russian tsar Alexander II.

Wherever the name came from, it was one of the most popular drinks of its day and still regularly pops up on modern cocktail recipes. Here’s our version of the Coffee Alexander, a cross between a milkshake, an Irish coffee and a dessert. It’s ideal for combining pudding with coffee after a summer dinner party, or served at lunch on a hot sunny day.

To serve four, you’ll need:

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