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.
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Ingredients for Black Russian Cocktail
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
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
- Liquid Measure
- Martini glass
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
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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Grab your free printable for our Spicy Black Russian Cocktail recipe:
- 2 oz Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
- 1 oz Cinnamon Whiskey or Pumpkin Spice Vodka
- 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
- Coke, optional
- 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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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 15gSugar: 75gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
What’s your favorite cold-weather cocktail?