The Lion, The Witch, and The Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

“It’s so large”
“It’s the world dear, did you think it’d be small?”
“smaller”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch, and The Pumpkin Spice White Russian:

This week’s Bon Appeteach “Book Club” fall decade series brings us to the 1950’s, featuring one of the most popular books ever written by C.S Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Two components helped inspire this week’s drink. The first, being the fact that we are now officially less than a week away from Thanksgiving (thus the pumpkin spice). The second form of inspiration is the book’s antagonist, the White Witch (she was the one who froze all of Narnia… get with it kids). This week’s cocktail feature vodka, coffee liqueur (I used Kahlua), and of course notes of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Find the full recipe for the Pumpkin Spice White Russian below.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

The Pumpkin Spice White Russian:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 oz Pumpkin Spice Creamer (recipe for this is below)
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon Stick/Fresh Nutmeg for Garnish

Not Shaken, Not Stirred-

This cocktail is built over ice in a rocks glass. Start by filling the glass with ice. You can opt to chill the glass or even make coffee flavored ice cubes as well. This helps prevent the drink from getting too watered down, but isn’t necessary (just drink it faster… that’s what I do). Pour in the vodka and the coffee liqueur. Next, add the creamer. I prefer to use a bar spoon (hold it upside down over the glass) to pour the pumpkin pie spice creamer over the top. By using this method, I find it helps disperse the cream over the top and creates a more gradient and ombre look to the cocktail. Finish the cocktail off with a bit of freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick set on the rim of the glass.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer-

Pumpkin Spice Creamer is also very easy to make and is a great addition to regular coffee, as well as this cocktail. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups of  heavy cream or half and half, 3 tbsp of pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and pinch of salt. Next, add in a little bit of simple syrup for sweetness. I like to us about 2-3 tbsp. but this may vary based on how sweet you prefer it. Using a simple syrup over regular sugar mixes better. If you’re looking for a sugar free or lower carb way to create this creamer, create a simple syrup with your favorite low carb sweetener (I like the monk fruit/ erythritol blend by Lakanto personally). Whisk the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat. Once combined and the mixture in warm transfer to a container (I used a Ball jar so I can easily store in the fridge). Refrigerate until chilled before using.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

If you’re feeling a little festive this Thanksgiving and you’re looking for a cocktail to share, I hope you try this Pumpkin Spice White Russian! Be sure to also check out my Apple Cider Whiskey Smash or my Sidewalker Beer Cocktail too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Bon Appeteach,

-L

The Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 oz Pumpkin Spice Creamer (recipe for this is below)
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon Stick/Fresh Nutmeg for Garnish

Instructions

1

Start by filling the glass with ice. Pour in the vodka and the coffee liqueur.

2

Next, place a bar spoon upside down over the glass to pour the pumpkin pie spice creamer over the top.

3

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and fresh grated nutmeg.

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