Pumpkin Spice White Russian | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Pumpkin Spice White Russian | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you a cocktail. I had to drink it because you were far away, but I made it for you because it’s September and that means we have to pumpkin spice everything. My favorite cocktail, the White Russian, seemed like a perfect candidate.

I make you midweek cocktails for two reasons. One, because they’re the only thing easy enough to make and photograph after I get home from work but before the sun goes down. Two, when you’ve had a week so busy that you didn’t even get to spend your weekend taking pictures of your food, you really really need a midweek cocktail. And a strong one at that.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

And because it’s the middle of the week and you’re stressed out, I kept things simple. You don’t have to make any ingredients from scratch. Unless you’re one of those people who has all kinds of time on their hands on a Wednesday night. If so, who are you, and can I come over?

Simply replace some of the milk in your White Russian with pumpkin spice coffee creamer, which is certainly available in most grocery stores this time of year. The warm spices compliment the Kahlua perfectly. I guess this is why people like pumpkin spice lattes so much. I also find whole milk provides the perfect consistency to a White Russian. Not too thick, not too thin. It’s like a boozy baby bear.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make yourself a Pumpkin Spice White Russian and keep your fall mellow and awesome.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian
Serves 1
A sweet, warmly spiced, pumpkin enhanced White Russian cocktail is the ideal fall drink for those weeks when you really need to chill out.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Ice
  2. 2 ounces vodka
  3. 1 ounce Kahlua liqueur
  4. 2 ounces pumpkin spice coffee creamer
  5. Whole milk
Instructions
  1. Add ice to a short glass and pour the vodka, Kahlua, and pumpkin spice coffee creamer over the ice. Top up the glass with milk. Stir and consume until sufficiently chilled out.
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  White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

If you dig this cocktail, you might want to check out my White Russian Milkshake!

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Brown Elephant Cocktail

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

When our fridge died, you better believe I saved the liquor. That stuff is expensive, and you never know when you’re going to need it. Like when your only baby, the one about to start high school, goes back to the mainland until spring break. Though nothing can truly soothe my broken heart, a cocktail never hurt anyone. When you’ve got a bottle of Amarula and a bottle of Kahlua that you’ve rescued from certain death, the internet tells me the best thing to do is make a Brown Elephant.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

A Brown Elephant Cocktail is made with Amarula, Kahlua, and milk. Add some ice and you’re home free. I added a drizzle of chocolate to my glass because it’s pretty, and it’s chocolate. It’s that simple. Though a bottle of imported booze may be a bit pricey up front, it’s always going to be cheaper to make your own drinks at home than to get a cocktail in a bar. For the price of two drinks, you can have a whole bottle that you can keep in your fridge and drink from for weeks. 

If you’ve never had Amarula before, you should really try to get your hands on a bottle. It’s made in South Africa, and it’s creamy like Bailey’s, but a bit sweeter. You can drink it all by itself, as well. It’s lovely over ice. 

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Whether you’re feeling wildly happy, or a touch sad, a Brown Elephant will definitely bring a smile to your face. 

Brown Elephant Cocktail
Serves 1
A sweet, creamy cocktail of Amarula and Kahlua to make you happy.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces Amarula
  2. 1 ounce Kahlua
  3. 2/3 cup milk
  4. Ice
  5. Chocolate syrup for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour Amarula, Kahlua, and milk over ice and stir or shake to combine.
  2. If you'd like to add a chocolate drizzle, carefully pour a thin stream of chocolate syrup around the inside top of your glass. Mix your drink in a separate container, and then pour into drizzled glass.
Adapted from Drinks Mixer
Adapted from Drinks Mixer
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Kahlua Brownies from Awesome on 20

Kahlua Brownies

Kahlua Brownies from Awesome on 20

It seems spring is a time of contrast, even here in Hawaii where one season leads into the next with almost no discernible changes. Although lately it’s been common to get a sunburn and be rained on in the same day, or the same hour for that matter. We’re thinking about making some changes, too. It can all be so overwhelming and terrifying and wonderful. I need some familiar comfort in my life.

Kahlua Brownies from Awesome on 20

Since making another important decision is the last thing I need right now, I decided to just go ahead and combine my booze and my chocolate by making Kahlua Brownies. It’s the best of both worlds. Making brownies from scratch takes a smidge of effort, but the results are more than worth it.

These brownies are made with melted chocolate, and of course, a fair bit of Kahlua along with a splash of brandy or rum. It’s supposed to be espresso, but where’s the fun in that? They only increase in deliciousness if you use high end chocolate, but I used regular Tollhouse Morsels, and I don’t think I’ll hear a single complaint. A perfect flaky brownie crust forms on the outside, and the inside is ridiculously fudgy. I just can’t stop.

Kahlua Brownies from Awesome on 20

Sometimes the world and all it’s endless possibilities is just a little too much to handle. You need to slow down, take a deep breath, and get a hug, or a brownie. They’re the same thing, really. Love yourself. Make Kahlua Brownies.

Kahlua Brownies
Serves 9
I boozed up my favorite chocolate treat by adding Kahlua to homemade brownies.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 250 grams (1-1/8 cup) sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 210 grams (1-1/4 cups) chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, melted
  6. 4 tablespoons Kahlua
  7. 1 tablespoon brandy or rum
  8. 165 grams (1-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  11. powdered sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9-inch baking pan with foil. Let the foil hang over the edge a few inches so you can easily lift out the whole thing later.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together by mixing on medium speed with an electric mixer for about three to five minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and egg yolk one at time, mixing each one in completely before adding the next.
  4. Add the chocolate and mix on low, followed by the Kahlua and brandy. Mix until well combined and perfectly chocolatey.
  5. Ditch your mixer and sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over the chocolate mixer. Fold the dry ingredients into the batter with a rubber spatula.
  6. Transfer the batter to your waiting pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 30 minutes. Mine never quite sets. Maybe it's the alcohol. But I like the gooey action.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting. I actually put mine in the fridge for a while. If you don't cool them down completely, they will fall apart. That's the price you pay for gooeyness.
  8. Cut into too large squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and commence to eat emotionally.
Adapted from Olive Magazine
Adapted from Olive Magazine
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White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

White Russian Milkshake

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

The Olympics are here!!!! Most days, I couldn’t care less about sports, but there’s something about the Olympics that just draws me in. I love all the stories of triumph, the drama of the competition, the young kids working their asses off for something they truly love. Other people’s passion is contagious and I’m highly susceptible.

Actually watching can be a bit difficult since we’ve cut the cord and only have Netflix. We don’t even have an antenna to get network channels. C’est la vie. It’s worth the rest of the time. I was able to “borrow” the necessary information to watch the live stream, which isn’t ideal, but it’s definitely better than paying for cable.

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

To celebrate, we decided to make White Russian Milkshakes. Even though it’s been a bit chilly here in paradise, it’s never too cold for ice cream, and the high alcohol content helps to keep you warm anyway. This milkshake tastes exactly like a white russian, which probably isn’t Russian at all, but I certainly didn’t want to eat boiled cabbage to celebrate the opening ceremonies. Cocktails are always better.

You can certainly adjust the alcohol content to your desired level. I let my husband make these, and he can be a bit heavy handed. But unless you’re actually training for the luge or something, I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a potent cocktail while watching all those skinny kids march past. It will make the whole thing extra awesome.

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

Do you go nuts for the Olympics, too? What’s your favorite sport? What’s your favorite Olympic cocktail? When are we gonna have a party? Let’s do it now!

White Russian Milkshake
Serves 4
A potent boozy milkshake to get you in the mood for Sochi!
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 quart vanilla bean ice cream
  2. 1 cup vodka
  3. 1 cup Kahlua
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. It's a milkshake. Don't freak out.
  2. Pour into four glasses and prepare for your lips to go numb.
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