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Christmas White Russian |

I'm dreaming of a sweet, creamy, boozy Christmas drink. And it's this cola de mono. It goes down very easy and could be easily drunk by the litre. We got the original Chilean recipe from The Kitchn.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes (plus cooling)

Makes: 2 glasses


50g granulated sugar

60ml cold water

1 cinnamon stick

1 whole clove

250ml whole milk

90ml freshly brewed strong coffee, cold

90ml Chilean pisco or brandy

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Rocking around the cinnamon stick

To get your better-bailey's started, put 50g of granulated sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, a clove in a saucepan with 60ml of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for five minutes. Lean your head over the pot while it boils to inhale pure wafts of Christmas.

In the meantime, boil the kettle. Once, the water has boiled add 90ml of water to 1tsp of instant coffee. Alternatively, if you are a classy elf, brew a pot of real coffee.

Once the spicy syrup and the coffee are ready, leave them to cool on the side for about 1 hour. (Instruct any kitchen busy bodies that they are absolutely not for washing up.)

2. Brandy you're a fine drink

Pour your cold syrup and cold coffee into a measuring jug or pitcher. Add 250ml of milk (whole is recommended, but semi-skimmed is what we used, which led to a slightly lighter, less creamy finish), a dash of vanilla extract and 90ml of brandy. Give it a stir.

Pour into glasses with ice, or leave in the fridge for a further hour, or until you're Christmas film is ready for watching.

And have a very merry dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Step aside Bailey's there's a new top drink in town. This cola de mono really did go down easy, and I genuinely could have sipped away on a pint of it whilst watching Christmas films. The coffee, the spice and the tame creaminess were perfect. And because of this drink I have definitely aged 50 years and become a big advocate for brandy. This was a total star, one I'm sure the three wise men would happily pursue across the desert. 10/10 "

Kate says: "To me, brandy is a really old fashioned drink but the combination here really made me reconsider that assumption. This was truly delicious… creamy with a hint of spice and just the right amount of alcohol to make you feel warm and cosy inside. Even though it’s served cold over ice, I can really understand why this is served at Christmas. Although to be honest, this could be a good little cocktail year round. Super easy to make and goes down pretty easy too.. 10/10!"

10/10 Gasps


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