Cold, creamy and full of coffee and cinnamon flavor, the Cinnamon White Russian is the holiday nightcap you need this winter. This cocktail requires a homemade cinnamon syrup that’s delicious in coffee, too!
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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.
To refresh your memory, a white russian is a mixture of coffee liqueur, vodka and cream. I use half-and-half, but you may use your favorite milk. Even soy or almond milk will work!
Cinnamon makes a lovely addition — 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 cinnamon over top of the cocktail.
So if you like cinnamon, this one’s for you.
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!
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! // susannah
Click through to see the Cinnamon White Russian recipe!
Sweet and spicy, the perfect holiday after-dinner cocktail
For cinnamon simple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
For cinnamon sugar rim
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cinnamon White Russian
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
- 1 ounce heavy cream or half-and half (or your milk of choice)
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) cinnamon simple syrup
Make cinnamon simple syrup
- In a small saucepan on medium-high heat, combine sugar and water. Add cinnamon sticks. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Store in an airtight, glass container with cinnamon sticks.
Make the cinnamon sugar and rim the glasses.
- In a bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon until evenly mixed. Pour onto a plate or into a shallow bowl that’s big enough for the glass.
- To rim the 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.
Make the cocktails.
- 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.