Amaretto Alexander


by Raul Faria

The Amaretto Alexander is the 8th cocktail in Gary “Gaz” Regans book, the Joy of Mixology. It’s very much to me a dessert cocktail. Flavors of sweet almonds and a richness from the cream makes it a pretty decadent little drink. We have some “box of crayons” opportunities with this cocktail by say adding chocolate or spiced bitters or by swapping out the cream for flavored coffee creamers. You get some extra fun flavors in there and its typically non dairy as well. When subbing with a creamer however, be aware to balance the extra sweetness and dial back the measure to maybe .5 oz.  Now for those following our little journey to recreate all the cocktails in this book you may have noticed two things, first “Dude its been like two months since your last Joy of Mixology post.”, second “What happened to the 7th entry?”.  Well the answer to both questions is Kummel. This frustratingly difficult to find caraway liqueur has been a bit of a roadblock in our journey of recreating all the recipes in the book as they appear. Instead of waiting any longer I’m moving on and will post “the Allies Cocktail” when I get the Kummel. I finally found an online liquor store that had it in stock and would deliver to Nevada. For now though, lets make an Amaretto Alaxander!

1) Lets get our tools together; we will need our Boston Shaker, a Hawthorne Strainer, a jigger with a 1 oz and a .5 oz measure, and a chilled 7-10 oz cocktail glass. Our shopping list will be Amaretto, White Crème de Cacao, Half and Half, and slivered almonds.

2) Start by getting our 2 oz of Amaretto into the mixing glass. This recipe isn’t specific but I’d personally go with Disaronno.

3) Next up will be 1 oz of our White Crème de Cacao into the mixing glass. There are enough brands to go around; Bols, Hiram Walker and Marie Brizard will work just fine.

4) Now let’s get 1 oz of Half and Half (cream) into the mixing glass.

5) Now that we have all our ingredients in our mixing glass add our and dump into the tin and start shaking! Strain into our 7-10 oz cocktail glass and garnish with our almond slivers. Enjoy:)

Grab a copy of the Joy of Mixology for more details on the recipes, bartending tips, and more, be sure to also visit Gaz Regans website and sign up for his always entertaining newsletter.

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