Fulfill those chocolate cravings after a long day of Zoom chats and grocery foraging with In The Know’s cocktail of the week. Indulge in the sweet, chocolatey goodness of this classic white Russian with a twist.
The amaretto’s nutty almond flavor combined with the chocolate syrup, white chocolate liqueur and a kick of cinnamon will make you want to get all cozy. Save this recipe for a rainy day.
- Chocolate syrup
- 1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
- 1 ounce amaretto
- 2 1/2 ounces half & half
- 1 cinnamon sticks
- Chocolate pieces for garnish
Now let’s get started. First, pour the chocolate syrup into the bottom of a glass until it is completely coated. Then, using a spoon, brush the chocolate up toward the sides of the glass until it’s wholly coated.
Next, fill the glass with ice, set it aside and grab the cocktail shaker. Mix the white chocolate, amaretto, half-and-half and ice. Shake well before straining the mixture into the glass.
Finally, garnish with a cinnamon stick and chocolate pieces.
You wouldn’t be wrong if you initially assumed this cocktail seemed unappetizing. The ingredients of the cocktail which include a lot of dairy and sugar have baffled drinkers for decades. While most drinks are designed to be refreshing, the white Russian is hearty and dense.
Belgian barman Gustave Tops invented the drink in 1948 at the Hotel Metropole to honor Perle Mesta who was the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg at the time. “Russian” was used in the name because the drink includes vodka. The unusual cocktail nearly went extinct until 1998 when The Dude drank nine of them in the cult classic “The Big Lebowski.” The niche drink was then introduced to a new generation of drinkers and has been around since.
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