This gingerbread white Russian is the perfect holiday cocktail full of rich coffee flavor mixed with a sweet molasses drizzle. Say cheers!
The place we’re staying in Grenada is a cute little cottage on a three acre property steps from the beach.
It reminds me of old school 1960s Florida in compound form or, a nudest colony just minus the nude people thankfully.
The thing is, while the bedrooms are air-conditioned, the living and kitchen area is like one big lanai.
Awesome in theory, really freaking hot in reality.
Like to the point where if we do anything (like just sit at the table and write this blog post) it causes us to sweat. Showers are pretty much required after making eggs and bacon in the morning and even my beloved hot coffee doesn’t sound appealing with the heat.
So, it’s kind of weird to look at these pictures and talk about Christmas, molasses, ginger (mmm, that makes me think of these chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies) and holiday parties because there’s nothing about 90 degree humid days that make me think about the holidays.
But, since today marks the beginning of December and all those things are upon us, I’ll sacrifice some sweat to talk about all of them.
I had a white Russian obsession junior year of college.
Probably not the best drink to order in mass quantities at a college bar, but that didn’t stop me.
I love it’s creaminess and how there’s no eye-balls popping out of your head “omg that’s too strong” kind of reactions when you take a sip.
It also happens to lend itself quite nicely to being dressed up for Christmas as a Gingerbread white Russian.
With the addition of molasses, ginger and a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass, this classic drink transforms into the perfect holiday cocktail.
I used the new Absolut Limited Edition Andy Warhol vodka for the drink because it adds the perfect pop with it’s fun and vibrant design.
The bottle is modeled off Warhol’s iconic Absolut artwork that he created in 1986 and it’s pop-art design is a great addition to anyone’s cocktail bar whether it’s yours or your holiday party host.
I can guarantee you the bottle will get plenty of use this holiday season once you taste this gingerbread white Russian!
Pair it with a slice of this gingerbread banana bread loaf on a cold winter late afternoon for a festive combination!
MORE HOLIDAY DRINKS TO TRY:
Gingerbread White Russian
- 4 ounces whole milk
- 4 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces Kahlua
- 3 teaspoons molasses
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- cinnamon for rimming glasses
- sugar for rimming glasses
- whipped cream for topping
- molasses drizzle for topping
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small shallow plate. Wet rims of two glasses and dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
- In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine milk, vodka, Kahlua and shake.
- Add the molasses and ginger, shake until cold.
- Strain into ice filled/chilled glasses.
- Top with whipped cream and molasses if desired.
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*This post is sponsored by Absolut. All content and opinions are my own.
Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.