Hazelnut Espresso White Russians

Hazelnut Expresso White Russians - A decadent, nutty cocktail with a kick of coffee. | foxeslovelemons.com

I’m still at a loss for words when describing what a hazelnut tastes like. I honestly hadn’t tried a hazelnut (or anything hazelnut-flavored) until a few years ago, so it’s still a pretty new flavor profile to me. When I Google “what does a hazelnut taste like?,” all I can find is that hazelnuts have a “delicate nutty flavor.” Gee, thanks. Personally, I think hazelnuts have a sweet, almost fruit-like quality with some nuttiness as well.

Regardless of how [not] well I can explain the flavor, I can 100% assure you that the pairing of hazelnut and coffee is A++. While this combination is traditionally a morning situation, let’s make like Lebowski, add some splashes of vodka and coffee liqueur, call it a play on a White Russian, and take this to cocktail hour. Or enjoy it as an after-dinner drink, perhaps after a big ham dinner on the horizon.

Hazelnut Expresso White Russians - A decadent, nutty cocktail with a kick of coffee. | foxeslovelemons.com

The hazelnut flavor in play here here comes from Amoretti Hazelnut Syrup. This syrup is great for coffee, cocktails, milkshakes, baking and much more. It is made with natural ingredients, contains no artificial flavors or colors, no artificial sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup, and is gluten free, GMO free and certified kosher.

Hazelnut Syrup + Chilled Espresso + Vodka+ Coffee Liqueur + Cream = Hazelnut Espresso White Russians. Cheers!

Hazelnut Expresso White Russians - A decadent, nutty cocktail with a kick of coffee. | foxeslovelemons.com

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Hazelnut Espresso White Russians

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 pumps Amoretti Hazelnut Syrup
  • 4 ounces espresso, chilled
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 3 ounces heavy cream


  1. Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Add 1 pump hazelnut syrup, 2 ounces espresso, 1 ounce vodka and 1/2 ounce coffee liqueuer to each glass; stir. Top each glass with 1-1/2 ounces cream; stir. Serve immediately.

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  1. Would it be wrong to drink this as my morning coffee? Maybe I should wait until Happy Hour 😉

  2. This is the perfect addition to Easter brunch. I love the use of hazelnut syrup. 

  3. White Russians are one of my favorite drinks, and this one sounds even better than my usual! 

  4. Want to know my favorite part about this recipe? The trial and error efforts in creating the perfect mix of hazelnut, espresso, and liquor. Hehe.

    Also, whenever I eat or drink anything hazelnut I think of that pizza in Rome where they bake it not in a wood burning oven but with hazelnut shells. Mmmmm.

    But, I digress … Great cocktail recipe my love!!!

    • That is quite the backstory on hazelnut. But I’m glad you liked this cocktail, and all the trial-and-error that went into it 😉

  5. Hazelnut is one of my favorite flavors and the creamy thing mixed into the brown liquid is something that always catches my eye. Gorgeous!

  6. Hazelnut is the best! I agree that it tastes a little fruity – almost lemony 
    I haven’t had a White Russian in years but this has me craving one.

  7. Will you still love me if I told you I don’t like white russians? It’s the milky cocktail thing here.  However these pictures, so pretty! and of course I love hazelnut, anything hazelnut.  Ooh but this drinking is still so tempting! 

    • I mean, I GUESS I’ll still love you. Sigh. I do kind of understand the milky cocktail thing. It sounds pretty gross. I guess when I’m drinking it, I think of it more along the lines of an adult milkshake vs. a milky cocktail. LOL.

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