Welcome back to Vintage Cocktail Friday! Sorry it’s been pretty spotty around here this holiday season. Who knew taking care of a baby took up so much time?

But who cares? Let’s have an Alexander!


Tom came across this cocktail recently in The Host’s Handbook, one of our little cocktail books, and he was intrigued because of the similarity to the Barbara or Russian Bear cocktail, except for the gin instead of vodka. And we had heard of Brandy Alexanders before, but had never known there was a gin version.  So, of course, we had to mix this one up to see how they compared!


Author: The Host’s Handbook, 1940
  • 1/2 Gilby’s Gin
  • 1/4 DeKruyper’s Crème de Cacao
  • 1/4 sweet cream
  1. Add ice, shake and strain.


It also was a good way to use up the extra cream that I wasn’t able to fit into my Vincent Price Pumpkin Pies!





“So? What do you think?”

“It’s awesome.”

The Verdict: Awesome

From The Tasting Notes –

Tastes like the Russian Bear, except the gin tastes better with the Crème de Cacao than the vodka did. Which was surprising. Actually, one of the better gin drinks we’ve made. The gin flavor is almost unnoticeable. Tom plans to drink many, many of these over Christmas!