"'Four Alexandra cocktails, please'"
Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles
Public DomainPrincess Mary and Viscount Lascelles - Credit: Bain News Service

The Alexandra cocktail mentioned here probably refers to a Brandy Alexandra (sometimes known as a Brandy Alexander). It is said to have been invented on the occasion of the marriage of Princess Mary (Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary Lascelles, née Saxe-Coburg and Gotha), the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, to Viscount Lascelles, on 28 February, 1922.

A Brandy Alexandra consists of brandy, cream, and the dark version of the chocolate liqueur, Crème de Cacao.

It was a modification of a cocktail known as an Alexander,  which was made with gin, cream, and light Crème de Cacao.

Alexandra is also the name given to another kind of  cocktail which is made using Tia Maria, rum, cream and cocoa cream.

There are various different recipes available for these cocktails which reflect the confusion that has arisen with the similarly-named drinks.

One recipe for a Brandy Alexander (Brandy Alexandra)

One recipe for an Alexander

One recipe for an Alexandra


Watch a Brandy Alexander (Brandy Alexandra) being made: