But then ...
Everyone was talking cocktails, and the Brandy Alexander started calling my name. I had some pretty glasses and a shaker. I had the cream and the brandy.
But I didn't have the cream de cacao. Bummer. Three ingredients in a recipe, and I was missing one.
So I did the only thing a sane person would do. No, I didn't go out and buy creme de cacao (although I might put it on my shopping list for next time). Instead, I substituted some of my home made coffee liqueur and some simple syrup for the creme de cacao.
And then, because I didn't want to confuse anyone, I changed the name of the drink.
Adapted from The Official Mad Men Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin
From The Diner's Club Drink Book
1 ounce brandy
1 ounce cream
1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Combine all ingredients along with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake like a madman. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.