Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Grand Alexander

Pair this holiday treat, a riff on the Brandy Alexander, with Episode 159, "Medical Murder," about the case of Michael Swango.

Grand Alexander

It’s the best drinking time of year for John Thrasher — creamy, chocolatey holiday cocktail time. 

This take on a classic Brandy Alexander uses Grand Marnier Louis Alexandre, a blend of VSOP cognac and orange liqueur. Created by Havier Herit, national brand ambassador for Grand Marnier, it’s a creamy treat with a hint of orange that’s an easy alternative to eggnog. I'm a big fan of this cocktail because it's like drinking a dessert — and made with my mom's favorite spirit, Grand Marnier.

Here’s how to make it:

1.5 ounces Grand Marnier Louis Alexandre 
0.75 ounce heavy cream
0.25 ounce Crème de Cacao 
1 dash of Angostura Bitters


Shake all the ingredients together, served straight up in a Port glass or a Nick & Nora coupe glass.

Garnish with some Grated Nutmeg on the top.

Sip it while listening to John and Daryn Carp discuss the case of Michael Swango, a charming medical professional who seemed to have a much higher rate of patient mortality than usual, yet seemed to keep finding new jobs, and unsuspecting victims.

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