Christmas Alexander, a Baileys Cocktail

If you love creamy, indulgent cocktails, you’re going to love this festive take on a classic – Christmas Alexander! But don’t let its easy going manner fool you; this cocktail takes no prisoners – it will knock your socks off. In more ways than one!

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Christmas Alexander, a Christmas Cocktail with Baileys
Christmas Alexander

Alexander Cocktail

The original Alexander is a dessert cocktail that is believed to have been created by Troy Alexander in Rectors in New York, in the early 20th century. Apparently, it was made to celebrate a fictional character, Phoebe Snow, who was always dressed in white. Hence the original Alexander was a white drink, containing clear Crème de Cacao, gin and cream.

Concoctions made with dark Crème de Cacao will, naturally be darker.

What is Crème de Cacao?

Crème de Cacao is a chocolate or cocoa liqueur that comes in either a clear or caramel-brown shade. Despite the word “crème” in it, it doesn’t have any dairy, the term is meant to reflect the smoothness of the drink.

The Alexander has spawned many variations over the years:

  • most notably, the Brandy Alexander, in which brandy replaces the gin, and which has proven to be more popular than the original
  • Coffee Alexander
  • Blue Alexander, in the latter, Curaçao replaces the chocolate liqueur

Our Christmas Alexander Cocktail Recipe

I fancied making a Christmas cocktail. I went about it back to front though; I thought of the name, then created the cocktail! Christmas Alexander seemed like a cool name that just stuck and refused to be left alone. It even chased me in my dreams!

Seriously. I had a dream about adding Baileys to the mix, and that, I guess, was it.

The result?

The Christmas Alexander is a delicious blend of creamy chocolate devil in disguise. It goes down so smoothly and tastes so perfectly innocent because of the cream. You’ll finish the glass before you know it, then realise maybe you should have sipped the damn thing! Because it’s gone straight to your head!

So impress your guests this holiday season with this very merry festive drink!

Let’s get mixing, shall we?

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Lin xx

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Christmas Alexander – celebrate the holidays with this indulgent but potent take on the classic, with Baileys!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British/American Fusion
Keyword: baileys, christmas, cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 30 ml crème de cacao (of your choice, clear or dark)
  • 30 ml brandy
  • 30 ml single cream
  • 60 ml Baileys
  • a drop of vanilla extract
  • a handful ice cubes


  • a little freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon


  • Place the crème de cacao, brandy, cream, Baileys and ice cubes in a mixer and shake it up to mix and chill the drink.
  • Strain into the prepared glass.
  • Top with a light sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Calcium: 21mg
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28 thoughts on “Christmas Alexander, a Baileys Cocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    O la la! Now, this Christmas I will have fun. Just yesterday I found someone selling Bailey’s! Thanks, I love it! Will come back yet again to reconfirm if I have all that I need.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    I definitely would have just gulped it down as I’m a huge fan of Baileys. Such a lovely dessert cocktail, looks creamy and festive.

  3. Misty Dawn Nelson

    Such an amazing cocktail! It really looks amazing and I want this for New years Eve.

  4. That little tidbit about the “smoothness” of creme got me all interested in everything about them. I wish I had cocktails this past two days, I was all soda and shake, though I can’t complain.

  5. mmm.. i can already taste it while reading it! looks amazing too! perfect to serve for guests on holidays! love how the story that goes with it too!

  6. Elizabeth O.

    I can’t believe this only takes 5 minutes to make. That’s so easy! I’d love to serve this to guess on Christmas!

  7. Looks perfect. My take, less alcohol but I love the color. Haha… looks chocolaty, my sweet retreat.

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