Breakfast buffet: National Brandy Alexander day
January 31st, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Brandy, you're a fine drink - January 31 is National Brandy Alexander Day!

Seriously, half the fun of this early 20th century cocktail is just saying the name with a ridiculous accent. But by all means, clink glasses and make sure you enjoy one today too.

The Brandy Alexander is a sweet cocktail made with cognac and crème de cacao. It is based on an earlier gin-based cocktail known as the Alexander. And while it was created in 1922, near the time of Princess Mary's marriage to Viscount Lascelles, most believe the drink is named after Alexander II, the Russian tsar.

The Brandy Alexander is also mentioned in the popular novel, "Brideshead Revisted." When the BBC adapted it for TV during the 1980s, the drink immediately spiked in popularity.

Make yourself the ultimate Alexander, complete with coffee ice cream and chocolate syrup. If that doesn't put a slap happy grin on your face, maybe just saying "Brandy Alexander" will do the trick.



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  1. Brandy Alexander

    No lie, my name is Brandy Alexander. A friend of mine just sent be this link to celebrate "my day". lol You got to love being named after a cocktail!

    January 31, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  2. MicheleG™

    Call 911 – I am going into diabetic shock with this overdose of sugar!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • JLV

      Take 2 of those and call me in the morning.

      January 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  3. AleeD®

    Lawdy but that sounds like it'll cure all that ails ya.

    January 31, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • JLV

      If it doeasn't it will at least make you not care.

      January 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply

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