When I surveyed my Instagram community and asked them what was one treat that they love to eat during the holiday and Winter season, I got quite a few delectable treats mentioned, but one that repeated over and over again was a s’more. The s’more is one of those kid and adult-friendly sweet treats that you love making around the campfire, and enjoy eating as the chocolate and marshmallow melt in your mouth. So as I was brainstorming on another holiday cocktail that would be a perfect dessert drink during the holiday season, I came up with the S’mores White Russian.
I have quite a few friends that love the White Russian. One of my closest friends states that it is her favorite cocktail – period. She is actually the person that got me into drinking this cocktail. And though I do enjoy having one, I have always wanted to have a little more to it. Each time that I had a White Russian, I always thought that it could use a little more sweetness to it. Many people I know like to add vanilla syrup or a few dashes of cinnamon and though it made a difference, I didn’t feel that for a holiday cocktail that it would suffice. There needed to be a little bit more to it so that when you saw it and when you drank it, you knew that it was a cocktail for Christmas.
This S’mores White Russian is just the right amount of creamy and just the right amount of sweet. And the roasted marshmallow is just like having the cherry on top of a wonderful Sunday. My tip on serving this drink would be to serve it at a late-night holiday or Winter gathering as a dessert cocktail. The cocktail itself is actually pretty easy to make and it can be premade in batches if you choose to. I prefer to make each of these individually because you’ll avoid a lot of the flavor resting at the bottom, but if you are looking to do anything to pre-make this holiday cocktail then prepping the glasses ahead of time is one that I recommend.
You can prep the glasses for the cocktail by simply taking chocolate syrup and drizzling it inside the glass. To make the syrup stick, place your glasses in a freezer and then take the glasses out about 15 minutes prior to making the cocktails. The chilled chocolate in the glass will actually make the flavor last and mix in the rest of the cocktail very well. When I served this holiday cocktail at one of my holiday parties, this s’mores cocktail and the Cranberry Moscato were both big hits so be prepared to keep making them over it over again.
S’MORES BAILEY’S WHITE RUSSIAN RECIPE
When it comes to a cream based cocktail, the White Russian cocktail is one of my favorite goes to. It’s a great blend of cream and coffee liquor. Thought I am a sucker for an espresso martini, the White Russian has been a cocktail that has grown on me. Over the years, I’ve learned to make a quick, classic White Russian when asked by friends and family, but this year, I wanted to go a little bit of a step further and start making other variances of the White Russian to add a little twist to the cocktail itself.
I’ve always had fun making drinks during the various seasons and coming up with different cocktail recipes that spiff off of classic cocktails and this S’mores White Russian was one that I was so excited to create and serve for the holiday season and through the Winter.
THE CHOICE OF LIQUOR FOR THE S’mores Bailey’s White Russian
For my White Russian cocktails, I typically lean on Baileys Irish cream as it’s been a trusted brand that I have loved used for a variety of coffee cream cocktails. The Bailey’s Irish cream is just smooth and it blends to well with the other variety of ingredients that go into making cream cocktails. Now, I’m not saying that other brands of Irish cream liquor won’t work for this cocktail, but I am saying that if you’re looking for one that won’t disappoint for your White Russian recipe, I would go with Bailey’s. What I will state thought, just for the record, that you’ll need to find a cream liqueur that doesn’t have any other flavors added to it for this specific recipe because of the other ingredients, mainly the chocolate, that are already in the cocktail.
MAKING THIS S’mores Cocktail
There are quite a few variances that come with making this cocktail. For example, this isn’t a cocktail that I serve over ice like a typical White Russian. And though some people make their White Russians with strong brewed coffee or Kahlua Coffee liquor, I took the coffee element out and just mixed with vodka. But if you are someone that wants a stronger coffee taste in your cocktail than adding coffee, Kahlua coffee liqueur, or another coffee liqueur is a great way to add an extra element to the base recipe in this post.
As you are preparing your cocktail, you won’t need a cocktail shaker or ice cubes to make it. I found that when I shook this cocktail to make it, some of the flavor didn’t blend as smoothly as I wanted it to when I stirred it in the glass. Especially because the chocolate syrup is drizzled in the glass and blends better when the ingredients are poured in and then stirred right in the glass. So as you’ll see in the recipe below, you’ll add the ingredients right to the glass and stir gently to blend the cocktail together and create an amazing taste.
You’ll also see that the cocktail calls for milk. If you’re not of fan of whole milk, heavy cream or a lighter milk also works without disrupting the flavor too much. When you’re ready to serve, you can opt for a variety of different glasses depending on ho you are looking to present it. I’ve served this cocktail in in a small rocks glass along with taller glasses and each time it still came out amazingly.