Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? I have no clue where the time has gone, but I am determined to eat, drink and be merry. What is your favorite holiday drink? You better not say eggnog. 😉 Just kidding. But, I do have a confession. I divorced eggnog after I had an affair with a White Russian. I’ll take a White Russian over an eggnog drink any day of the week. It was my holiday drink last year and I’ve been trying to turn everyone on to it since. It’s rich, creamy, full of flavor and will have you feeling right sooner than later. Plus, it’s super easy to make. Give one to your aunt that talks your ear off, or make one for yourself to make it easier to listen. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
A classic White Russian has three basic ingredients: Kahlua, vodka, and cream. However, I wanted to change it up this year and add a warm, sweet and spicy kick with cinnamon and brown sugar. See the recipe and photos below!
- 1 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
- 2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
- 1 oz. Cream
- 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon stick for garnish
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WHITE RUSSIAN DIRECTIONS
|1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.|
|2. Measure 1-2 oz. of vodka (depending on preference) and pour in your glass.|
|3. Measure 1 oz. of Kahlua and pour it in your glass. Add brown sugar.|
|4. Top it off with cream.|
|5. Give it a stir, add your cinnamon and enjoy!|
TLG TIP: Is there a Trader Joe’s near you? You should run your ass over there right now to pick up their Cinna-Sugar variety vodka. It’s $3, not hangover inducing and perfect for a White Russian. Please note, if you are going to use Cinna-Sugar vodka, you do not need to add brown sugar and cinnamon to your drink.
TIPS FOR CUSTOMIZING
- If you would consider yourself a lightweight, only add one part of vodka. This will make your drink a bit more brown because of the Kahlua.
- If you’re keeping it light, consider using half-and-half or skim milk. You could even use almond milk!
- Rim your glass with cinnamon and sugar for an extra sweet treat.
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