The smell and taste of coconut conjure up images of the tropics, including the warmth, sunshine, beaches, and the tan-lines that often come along with it.
At this time of year, most of us are counting down the days until we can bask in the summer glory, so a classic, dairy-filled white Russian just doesn’t feel à propos right now. Subbing in coconut cream gives our brains the experience of being on the beach by activating our summer-seeking senses. And the health benefits of a boosted mood are tremendous: when we feel happier, we’re more productive, we have better relationships, we experience more satisfaction and less stress, and we even look and feel younger.
So sip on this Vacationing Russian and give your senses a well-deserved break. It won’t even cost you any rubles.
The Vacationing White Russian
- 1 oz vodka
- ½ oz coffee liqueur
- Your best coconut cream (or milk)
Fill a short glass with ice and pour in the vodka and coffee liqueur. Stir to combine. Pour the cream into the glass over the back of a tablespoon to allow it to “float” on top. This creates the beautiful storm cloud appearance. Stir before sipping.