Gin Alexander – A Refined Twist on a Classic using Soli Gin
The Gin Alexander is a masterpiece that beautifully showcases the unique character of Soli Gin while heightening the traditional Alexander cocktail.
Soli Gin, known for its exquisite botanical blend, imparts a delightful complexity to this classic drink. The combination of botanicals in Soli Gin perfectly complements the creamy sweetness of Crème de Cacao, resulting in a harmonious dance of flavours on the palate.
Fresh cream adds a luscious, velvety texture, making every sip a luxurious experience.
Soli Gin, known for its exquisite botanical blend, imparts a delightful complexity to this classic drink.
- 2 oz (60ml) Soli Gin
- 1 oz Crème de Cacao (white)
- 1 oz Fresh Cream
- Ice cubes
- Nutmeg (for garnish)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour in 2 oz of Soli Gin, 1 oz of Crème de Cacao, and 1 oz of fresh cream.
- Shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled.
- Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a light sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg on top.
- Serve and enjoy the exquisite Soli Gin Alexander.
The Soli Gin Alexander is a true delight for any gin enthusiast, offering a balanced and refined taste that will undoubtedly become a favourite among cocktail aficionados.
The subtle hint of nutmeg on the nose enhances the overall aromatic profile, leaving an everlasting impression on the senses.
FAQs about the History and Variations of a Gin Alexander:
What is the origin of the Alexander cocktail?
The cocktail traces its roots back to the late 19th century. It is believed to have been created by a bartender, Troy Alexander, in New York City.
Was the original Alexander cocktail made with gin?
Yes, although many say the original cocktail was crafted with cognac as its base spirit. It was later adapted to include gin, which led to the creation of the Gin variant.
When did the Alexander Gin variation become popular?
It gained popularity during the early 20th century when gin itself became a fashionable spirit in cocktail culture.
Are there other popular variations of the Alexander cocktail?
Yes, apart from the gin version, there are two well-known variations: the Brandy Alexander (made with brandy) and the Coffee Alexander (featuring coffee liqueur).
What makes the Soli Gin ideal for the Alexander cocktail?
Soli Gin’s balanced blend of botanicals, including juniper, citrus, and floral notes, harmonizes exquisitely with the creaminess of the Crème de Cacao, elevating the drink’s overall taste.
Can I substitute white Crème de Cacao with dark Crème de Cacao?
While you can use dark Crème de Cacao, the cocktail’s appearance and taste may differ. The white version allows the gin’s colour and botanical nuances to shine.
Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Gin Alexander?
You can create a non-alcoholic version by replacing the gin with non-alcoholic gin alternatives and using non-alcoholic Crème de Cacao.
Can I use milk instead of fresh cream?
While milk can be used, fresh cream might provide a different rich and creamy texture than it is. For the best results, stick to fresh cream.
What’s the best glassware for serving the Soli Gin Alexander?
The classic choice for serving this cocktail is a chilled glass or a coupe glass, which adds elegance to the drinking experience.
Is the Soli Gin Alexander a suitable after-dinner drink?
Absolutely! The Soli Gin Alexander’s smooth and luxurious taste and aromatic qualities make it an excellent choice for a delightful after-dinner cocktail that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
A brief history
There are at least two drinks from the early 20th century, known by the name ‘Alexander’, but which are nevertheless different. In Jack’s Manual on The Vintage & Production, Care & Handling of Wines, Liquors &c. (1910) by Jacob Abraham Grohusko, the ‘Alexander Cocktail’ is described as three parts rye whiskey, one part Bénédictine, with a piece of ice and a twist of orange peel. In Recipes for Mixed Drinks (1915) by Hugo Ensslin, a drink by the same name is made with equal parts of gin, white crème de cacao and sweet cream, shaken with ice, and strained. The Alexander was originally made with gin, but the modern version is usually brandy. It is called Brandy Alexander. The International Bartenders Association calls for brandy in its Alexander.