Sometimes all you need to elevate a cocktail from pretty tasty to whoa, amazing is one simple twist. Many of my recipe “eureka moments” involve minor changes to tried-and-true recipes. It really is the little personal touches that make mixology so fun for me, and the results? Delicious.
In the Pumpkin Spice White Russian, I’ve taken the standard White Russian ingredients of vodka and coffee liqueur and substituted pumpkin spice coffee creamer instead of basic cream. It’s a sweet, satisfying spin on a classic, and it’s perfect for sipping on a quiet autumn afternoon.
In this cocktail, the rich notes of Kahlua go perfectly with vodka and pumpkin spice creamer. Top the whole thing with a bit of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon and you’ve got heaven in a glass. And if you’re in the mood to impress anyone you might be serving this cocktail to, you can wow them with a bit of cocktail history. You see, while researching the origins of the White Russian, I discovered that neither the White Russian nor the Black Russian (coffee liqueur and vodka only) are Russian in origin, but are named because vodka is the primary ingredient. The more you know!
So let’s mix one up!
Step 1: Combine ingredients in a shaker.
Step 2: Add ice and shake vigorously until chilled.
Step 3: Strain into ice-filled glass.
Step 4: Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick.
From first sip to the last melting ice cube, this beverage is a delicious way to enjoy the shifting seasons. I have a feeling it’ll make it onto your repeat recipe list. Cheers!