Cinnamon White Russian, the perfect holiday after-dinner cocktail. // Feast + West

Cinnamon White Russian

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail, easily multiplied 1x


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

  • ice
  • 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. 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.