Cinnamon White Russian

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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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 White Russians.

These creamy coffee cocktails are sweet and go down easy.

sisal christmas trees next to cinnamon white Russian cocktails


To refresh your memory, a classic White Russian is a mixture of coffee liqueur, vodka and cream.

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

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

cinnamon sugar rim on cinnamon white Russian drinks


Cinnamon makes a lovely addition to a White Russian — times three.

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.

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.

closeup of christmas tree drink stirrers on cinnamon white Russians

If you have leftover cinnamon syrup, you can stir it into your coffee the next morning, too!

Or just make another Cinnamon White Russian. That is also totally acceptable, especially the day after Thanksgiving!

You’ll need a cocktail shaker to mix this cocktail, and maybe some cute old-fashioned glasses.

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

Also, this is my favorite ice cube tray!

cinnamon simple syrup in a mason jar


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 autumn spice martini.

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

cinnamon white Russian with a festive drink stirrer

I’m super sad that today’s the last day of Blogsgiving, but I will be spending the weekend perusing all the recipes — Part 1 and Part 2 — looking for a dessert recipe I can make for my family’s Thanksgiving this year.

You can also see a lot of the recipes on our Pinterest board!

It’s always so fun to work with Meghan and I can say for sure that Blogsgiving was a big success this year! Happy Blogsgiving!

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

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!



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g

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  1. 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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