Brandy Alexander Limonene terpene cocktail recipe by Golden Apple Cannabis Co. and Spoonabilities
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A Blissful Terpene Cocktail to Delight Your Senses and Win the New Year

This luscious Brandy Alexander terpene cocktail is chocolatey, creamy, and lightly sweet with a subtle brandy taste and healing Limonene terpenes.

  • Category: Terpene Cocktails
  • Tastes Like: Chocolatey with a mild brandy taste and notes of fresh orange-peel.
  • Terpene: Limonene

“The terpenes really impressed me. I was not aware of terpenes before, and now I have a new world of knowledge. I love them because with just a drop or two, you receive the benefits, subtle flavor, and aroma.”

-Carlos Leo

The Healing Foods Project

The world’s serious enough. Let’s heal and have fun!

The Healing Foods Project is a recipe series that celebrates healing and connection through food. Featuring recipes that enhance the therapeutic benefits of terpenes and CBD, we partner with chefs, food artisans, and bartenders across the country to bring you fun, shareable recipes with a synergistic twist.

Brandy Alexander Limonene terpene cocktail recipe by Golden Apple Cannabis Co. and Spoonabilities

Brandy Alexander Terpene Cocktail with Limonene

Carlos Leo of Spoonabilities
This creamy, after-dinner terpene cocktail features Cognac, créme de Cacao, and Kahlua infused with Limonene terpenes for added flavor and digestive benefits.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person


  • Cocktail shaker (a to-go coffee mug also works)
  • Ice strainer
  • Coupe or martini glass, chilled


  • 1 cup Ice
  • 2 oz Cognac (can substitute with pear/peach juice)
  • 1 oz créme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Kahlua (can substitute with 1 teaspoon instant coffee in 2 tablespoons water)
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1 drop Limonene Terpene (1)
  • Garnish with fresh Nutmeg


  • Place glass in the freezer to chill, about 15 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients except Nutmeg in shaker.
  • Shake vigorously until chilled and well-mixed, about 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled glass heavy cream, coconut cream, instant coffee, and vanilla in a small saucepan at medium-low heat. Stir until bubbling around the edges and turn off heat.
Keyword cocktail, cognac, dessert, kahlúa, limonene, terpenes

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use terpenes in cocktails?

When using terpenes in cocktails, think of it as a type of bitters. It’s very important to dilute and use the recommended quantities (more does not equal better), so be sure to mix well before drinking.

Terpenes can be diluted by alcohol, and as a general rule of thumb, we recommend using no more than a 1% concentration by volume. This equates to about 1-2 drops per 8 oz.

How do I use terpenes in non-alcoholic cocktails?

In this case, we recommend diluting with a carrier  like coconut milk/oil (MCTs). Terpenes can also be diluted by plant oils, including olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.

Our friends and family also enjoy adding to sparkling water and other beverages (juice, tea, coffee, etc.). Just be mindful to add no more than 1 drop per each 8oz (1 cup) of volume, as terpenes are very strong and do not mix with water.

Brandy Alexander Limonene terpene cocktail recipe by Golden Apple Cannabis Co. and Spoonabilities

Featured Healing Ingredients

This Brandy Alexander terpene cocktail is a light, soothing, and oh-so-dreamy.

This terpene cocktail features a brandy-base consisting of cognac, crème de cacao, and heavy cream with an extra touch of Kahlúa and Limonene. Carlos selected Golden Apple’s Limonene terpene for its mood-enhancing and digestive benefits, and also to complement the citrus notes of the brandy.

“When using terpenes in cocktails, think of it as a type of bitters.”

– Carlos Leo

Limonene Terpene

Think of terpenes as even purer forms of essential oils. They are natural compounds that influence a plant’s aroma, flavor, and physiological effects.

Limonene is one of the most common terpenes in nature with well-studied anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s a citrus terpene with a fresh, sweet aroma and orange peel fragrance. It’s commonly found in citrus fruits like grapefruit, lime, lemon, and orange, as well as cannabis.

Alongside it’s energizing and mood-boosting properties, Limonene is also a proven digestive aid and cholesterol dissolver.  It’s been found to relieve heartburn and acid-reflux by coating the esophagus.

Here’s a list of Limonene’s researched applications:

  • Focus and mental clarity
  • Workout and injury recovery
  • Neutralizing heartburn and reducing GERD
  • General health and wellness (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, etc.)

Meet Carlos & Geoffrey of Spoonabilities

This Healing Foods recipe is brought to you by Carlos Leo, co-founder of Spoonabilities, and an aspiring chef, blogger, and food photographer from Miami, Florida.

“Every recipe has a special story and place in my heart, and these are the stories I want to share.”

Carlos built Spoonabilities, a recipe blog and online shop, with his husband Geoffrey to create space for these stories.

“After spending hours at farmer’s markets,  cafés, and restaurants around the world, we start talking about how wonderful it would be to buy the products we fell in love with, share our discoveries with people, and support family-owned businesses all over the world.”

Carlos’ recipes feature both classic favorites and new twists on Dominican, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and traditional American cuisine.

Learn more about Spoonabilities.

2 thoughts on “A Blissful Terpene Cocktail to Delight Your Senses and Win the New Year

  1. 5 stars
    Was searching for something online and came upon this recipe we did for you all. Great memories! Hope you’re doing well.

    1. Golden Apple Cannabis Editorial Team says:

      Hey Geoffrey, we love the recipe! Things are great on our end – hope all is well on yours!

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