Mocha Spiced Rum Russian

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Cocktail History

The Mocha Spiced Rum Russian is a Sips From Scripts original Christmas cocktail that we created for a sampling event at a local grocery store during the holidays. This recipe is a variation of the classic White Russian that was specifically made to use with Tattersall Distilling Blackstrap Rum, a funky aged spirit with a strong flavor profile. We mellowed out the rum with our homemade pumpkin spice syrup, coffee liqueur, cocoa, and cream, and we added a fun caramel and pumpkin pie spice rim.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Blackstrap Rum: This is the base spirit. It’s a rich, heavy rum made from the blackstrap molasses of sugar cane, spices, and a clear spirit. We went with Tattersall Distilling Blackstrap Rum for its rich and smoky vanilla flavors with hints of tobacco and cream. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dark Cane Spirit in place of the blackstrap rum.

Jamaican Rum: This is the other base spirit. It’s an aged liquor made in Jamaica with molasses, spices, and a clear spirit. It balances out the uniqueness of the blackstrap rum and adds more complex flavors. We used Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum because it’s high-quality and lends unique vanilla, banana, coconut, and molasses flavors that pair well with the other ingredients. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dark Cane Spirit in place of the Jamaican rum.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: This is a sweetener made with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, white sugar, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Coffee Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with coffee, vanilla, sugar, and a neutral grain spirit. We used Galliano Ristretto for its strong coffee flavor with notes of dark chocolate. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Coffee Originale in place of the coffee liqueur.

Heavy Cream: This is a thick, high-fat milk product. We prefer to use half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s lower in calories.

Caramel Sauce: This is a sweetener made with brown sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and milk. We used Torani Caramel Sauce.

Coffee & Cocoa Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with coffee beans, cocoa, and botanicals. They bring out more chocolate flavor and add spice to the drink for more complexity. We went with Crude Bitters Big Bear Coffee & Cocoa Bitters.

Coffee Beans: These are the garnishes. They float on top of the drink and add more coffee aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Mocha Spiced Rum Russian features coffee and rum aromas, has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel which includes a blend of the Galliano Ristretto Liqueur’s unique coffee flavors balanced with a bit of pumpkin and caramel sweetness, and goes with a strong finish on a loud, funky rum note.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While the version we served at our table used Kahlua instead of Galliano Ristretto and a full ounce and a half of the blackstrap rum, we opted for the more unique coffee liqueur and dialed back the rum a touch to make up for using less sugar when making this one at home. We both found this beverage to be a top-notch Russian variation perfect for seasonal sipping.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This is a cocktail I created to serve at a local grocery store’s Christmas sampling event. I wanted to make a crowd-pleasing cocktail that would be enjoyable to those who didn’t live and breathe cocktails like we do, so I thought a cream-based Russian would do the trick. I did still want to make it unique though, so we landed on a spiced rum that the store stocks and our pumpkin spice syrup. When we arrived at the store, it turned out we didn’t have access to a spiced rum and instead ran with a blackstrap rum from local distillery Tattersall Distilling that had a seriously funky flavor. We ended up with a cocktail that was not only still delicious but incredibly unique.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“If you’re looking for the most perfectly balanced fall or Christmas coffee cocktail, this is it! I don’t usually enjoy the taste of coffee anything because I find it too bitter, but it’s so muted in this drink that I thought it was incredibly sippable. Using rum instead of vodka in the Russian was also a nice change; you can definitely tell it’s there. Definitely whip this version up!”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Blackstrap Rum
 ½ oz Jamaican Rum
 1 oz Galliano Ristretto Coffee Liqueur
 ¾ oz Heavy Cream
 ½ tsp Caramel Sauce
 1 dash Crude Bitters Big Bear Coffee & Cocoa Bitters
 3 Coffee Beans

Method
1

Add blackstrap rum, Jamaican rum, pumpkin spice syrup, coffee liqueur, heavy cream, caramel sauce, coffee & cocoa bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with coffee beans.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Blackstrap Rum
 ½ oz Jamaican Rum
 1 oz Galliano Ristretto Coffee Liqueur
 ¾ oz Heavy Cream
 ½ tsp Caramel Sauce
 1 dash Crude Bitters Big Bear Coffee & Cocoa Bitters
 3 Coffee Beans

Directions

Method
1

Add blackstrap rum, Jamaican rum, pumpkin spice syrup, coffee liqueur, heavy cream, caramel sauce, coffee & cocoa bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with coffee beans.

Mocha Spiced Rum Russian

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dark Cane Spirit in place of the rum and Lyre’s Coffee Originale in place of the liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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