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Bad Santa White Russian

The coziest Bad Santa White Russian…for all the festive nights ahead. Homemade cinnamon vanilla simple syrup, mixed with vodka and Kahlúa, plus my seasonal twist… A shot of espresso and a sweet chocolate ribbon – adding just the right amount espresso kick and holiday sweetness. The perfect holiday twist on the classic White Russian cocktail, such a delicious December treat!

Prep
Cook
Serves 1person
Ingredients
Cinnamon Syrup:
1/4
cup honey
2
cinnamon sticks
1
tsp vanilla extract
Russian:
2
oz (1/4 cup) vodka
2
oz (1/4 cup) Kahlua
1
oz espresso
1-2
oz (2-4 tablespoons) cinnamon syrup Instructions below
1-2
oz (2-4 tablespoons) half and half or cream
Chocolate sauce and coarse vanilla sugar, for the rim
Directions
1.
To make the cinnamon syrup. In a medium pot, combine 1/2 cup water, the honey, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This makes enough for 6 drinks.
2.
If desired, rim your glass with chocolate sauce and sugar.
3.
To make the Russian. Fill your glass with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and vanilla syrup. Stir. Add the half and half and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon, if desired.
4.
Notes: Vanilla Sugar- Mix 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped.

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