There’s something so elegant about a pure white cocktail and this White Russian recipe is the pinnacle of sophistication.
Halloween can be about tricking and treating but it can also be about mystery and masquerade. This White Russian recipe floats eerily in a martini glass and makes a perfect dessert cocktail. Adding a dash of cinnamon transforms it into a warming flavorful treat.
This cocktail will look best in a long-stemmed martini glass but don’t worry if you don’t have them since any clear cocktail glass will do.One of my favorite ways to serve cocktails when entertaining is in mixed-matched crystal glasses that I collect from flea markets and junk shops.
Using half and half instead of the traditional heavy cream makes for a much smoother cocktail. You still get all the creamy flavor with about half the calories. As for coffee liquer, your choices may be limited to the popular brand Kahlua. However, you might be able to find homemade versions at gourmet food markets.
There is of course the world’s most notable White Russian connoisseur: The Dude from “The Big Lebowski”. The Dude’s approach to a White Russian is slightly different than mine in that I like to chill the cream and coffee liqueur first in a cocktail shaker and serve it without ice. That way you get the full experience of drinking what can be described as an adult milkshake.
A Ghostly White Russian Recipe
Makes six 3 oz. cocktails
In a metal cocktail shaker combine 3 large ice cubes with 1 ounce of each: half and half, coffee liquor and vodka.
Vigorously shake for 20 seconds and pour into a martini glass. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of cinnamon and serve immediately.
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