A strong Black Russian cocktail is hands down my favorite mixed drink. It’s perfect for sipping with a book, or while binging on Netflix – or you know, being social. This Cinnamon-Vanilla Black Russian cocktail is a bit unexpected and a nice treat when the weather starts to get a bit brisk.
I first shared this Raven-inspired Coffee Cocktail on my friend’s site, Amanda’s Cookin’.
There’s something about the distinct taste and brooding name of a Black Russian cocktail that suggests pondering by a fire with a raging winter storm outside. Adding a bit of warmth with cinnamon whiskey and touch of delicacy with vanilla-infused vodka gives this classic cocktail a bit more depth and a brand new flavor profile.
If you haven’t tried coffee flavored liquors like Kahlua before, they are a delicious sweet and syrupy-type liquor that allows you to get that hint of coffee flavor without getting a caffeine buzz on late at night. It’s one of my favorites for mixing cocktails with – like my Salted Caramel Dessert Coffee or my Spiderweb White Russian Cocktail.
Ingredients for Black Russian Cocktail
- 2 oz Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
- 1 oz Cinnamon Whiskey or Pumpkin Spice Vodka
- 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
- Coke, optional
Tip: a traditional Black Russian cocktail does not contain any cola, but I like it for making a “fuller” drink without adding extra alcohol.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glass
How to Make a Black Russian Cocktail
Simply fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour the liqueurs overtop, one at a time.
Cover and shake well.
Strain the cocktail into a martini glass.
If desired, top up the cocktail with coke.
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What’s your favorite cold-weather cocktail?