‘Tis the season of the pumpkin and as expected, the pumpkin-inspired recipes are coming out of the woodwork these days. I’ll admit that I’m not a pumpkin fanatic. You won’t find me at Starbucks ordering a spiced pumpkin latte with a slice of pumpkin bread and I was probably a kiddo the last time I carved a pumpkin. Although I’m not a fanatic, I do enjoy the flavors that tend to accompany anything pumpkin.
I’ve had the idea to create a fall-inspired remix on the classic White Russian cocktail for a few weeks now, so when I received a bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka the idea for the Pumpkin Pie White Russian immediately came to mind. Instead of Kahlua I used coffee syrup and for a little added flair I added coffee ice cubes to my Pumpkin Pie White Russian.
The end result was an easy-to-make and boozily, decadent treat for all the pumpkin lovers out there. Check out the recipe below, cheers!
1.5 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
4 oz. Milk
3/4 Tbsp. Autocrat Coffee Syrup (Feel free to use any other brand)
In a shaker add milk and coffee syrup. Stir and add Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka. Add ice and shake. Strain contents into a glass already filled with coffee ice cubes*. Enjoy!
(To make coffee ice cubes, add cooled, lightly sweetened coffee to an ice tray. Freeze overnight.)
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I was already a big fan of the “White Russian” cocktail before I watched The Big Lebowski for the first time a few years back, but after watching The Dude whip back the cocktail like it was nothing, I have to say that I became minorly obsessed with the Kahlua and vodka-based drink. Don’t worry, my obsession probably lasted a solid week and a half. And while I’m sure The Dude was probably pretty set on the standard combination of Kahlua, vodka, and cream or milk, I’m sure there’s a few tweaked versions of the “White Russian” that he wouldn’t mind. So, without further adieu here are three versions of the “White Russian” The Dude would approve of and one he probably wouldn’t be a fan of. And yes, it’s vegan.
White Russian #3 – I’m sure The Dude wouldn’t mind this minor flip on the White Russian, which calls for the addition of Stoli’s vanilla-flavored vodka instead of regular vodka. (Via DrinksMixer.com)
2 oz Stoli® Vanil vodka 1 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/2 – 1 oz light cream