Cinnamon White Russian

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Cold, creamy and full of coffee and cinnamon flavor, the Cinnamon White Russian cocktail recipe is the holiday nightcap you need this winter. This cocktail uses a homemade cinnamon syrup that’s delicious in coffee, too! 

cinnamon White Russians with christmas tree drink stirrers

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Cinnamon White Russian Recipe

Every giant Thanksgiving feast needs a follow-up cocktail. An end-of-meal sipper.

When I think about after-dinner drinks, I always think of the classic White Russian. These creamy coffee cocktails are sweet and go down easy.

This time, I’m changing things up by adding the flavor of cinnamon to my favorite White Russian cocktail recipe.

Cinnamon makes a lovely addition to a White Russian — times three. It’s the perfect cocktail for cinnamon lovers.

I made a cinnamon simple syrup to mix into the cocktail AND decorated the glass with a cinnamon sugar rim AND added an extra sprinkle of ground cinnamon over top of the cocktail.

Now, let’s get to mixing. You’ll need a cocktail shaker to mix this cocktail, and maybe some cute old-fashioned glasses!

Why you’ll love this recipe

Cinnamon lovers will adore this cocktail!

  • It’s full of cinnamon flavor thanks to cinnamon syrup, a cinnamon sugar rum and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
  • You can add more cinnamon flavor or less, depending on how much you like cinnamon! I’ll show you how.
  • It’s easy to whip up and is the perfect drink for the holidays and throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Enjoy it as a post-Thanksgiving nightcap or serve them for a Christmas party. They are so fun and festive

sisal christmas trees next to cinnamon white Russian cocktails

What’s in a White Russian?

A classic White Russian is a mixture of coffee liqueur, vodka and cream.

I’ve made a few versions of White Russian cocktail recipes through the years, including my Birthday Cake White Russian and my S’mores White Russian

I usually use half-and-half instead of cream, but you may use your favorite milk. Even soy or almond milk will work! (And are perfect for those of us with dairy intolerances.)

I’ve also made a Black Russian, which is what you get when you leave out the dairy from a White Russian.

cinnamon simple syrup in a mason jar

Cinnamon simple syrup

I added a hint of cinnamon flavor with homemade cinnamon syrup. It’s easy to make with sugar, water and a cinnamon stick or two.

If you wanted even more cinnamon flavor, you could use a cinnamon spirit in lieu of plain vodka, such as:

So if you like cinnamon, this Cinnamon White Russian is the cocktail for you.

It also happens to be the perfect drink to pair with all of the classic Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts. In fact, we could probably call this a Christmas White Russian, too.

cinnamon sugar rim on cinnamon white Russian drinks

How to make a Cinnamon White Russian

Making Cinnamon White Russians is super easy! Here’s what to do:

First, you’ll want to rim the glasses. Brush a small amount of the simple syrup around the outer rim of an old-fashioned glass or rocks glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in the cinnamon sugar until coated.

Then in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, heavy cream and cinnamon simple syrup.

Shake vigorously, then pour into the prepared cocktail glass. Sprinkle with another dusting of cinnamon on top, if desired, and enjoy!

closeup of christmas tree drink stirrers on cinnamon white Russians

What to do with leftover cinnamon syrup

If you have leftover cinnamon syrup, you can stir it into your coffee the next morning, too! This Cinnamon Bun Latte is wonderful all season long.

You could also mix it into a classic old-fashioned to give it some spiced flavor.

Or just make another Cinnamon White Russian. That is also totally acceptable.

I keep my cinnamon simple syrup in a mason jar in the fridge. And I use real cinnamon sticks, too.

cinnamon white Russian with a festive drink stirrer

More cinnamon cocktails

I love cinnamon, and I especially love cinnamon in cocktails.

This time of year, cinnamon cocktails are ideal for serving at Thanksgiving dinner or holiday parties. Or just for sipping while you watch classic Christmas movies.

In addition to this Cinnamon White Russian, two of my other favorite warm cinnamon cocktails are stovetop apple cider and mulled wine.

If you want to keep things iced, try my maple leaf cocktail, apple cider bourbon jell-o shots, spiced apple cider rum punch, or an autumn spice martini.

And of course, you can always make cinnamon-infused, homemade spiced rum and add it to just about anything you like.

top view of cinnamon white Russian cocktails with cinnamon sprinkled on top

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Cinnamon White Russian

Yield: 1 cocktail, easily multiplied
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Sweet and spiced, the perfect holiday after-dinner cocktail!
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  • To rim a glass, brush a small amount of the simple syrup around the outer rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in the cinnamon sugar until coated. Set aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, heavy cream and cinnamon simple syrup. Shake vigorously, then pour into prepared cocktail glass. Serve immediately.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail, easily multiplied

amount per serving:

Serving: 4ounces Calories: 463kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Protein: 1g Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 8g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 24mg Sugar: 24g
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  1. Kristin | Eat.Fly.Love. says

    I love the addition of the cinnamon sugar! It’s that extra little fall treat you need with an after dinner drink – and the white russian is perfect for that. Trying this one out!

  2. Barely Vegan says

    You know, I have never tried a White Russian. Those creamy drinks always appealed to me, but they were always expensive when I would go out to restaurants or clubs, and I never tried to make one at home myself. Well now I don’t have an excuse! Cinnamon syrup and cream….I’m drooling over here! I might have to come up with a non-alcoholic version though because I can SO see myself multiplying this recipe by like…I don’t know….100! And drinking the entire batch in one sitting!

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