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The Darkling: A Shadow & Bone-Inspired Black Russian

Inspired by the character from Leigh Bardugo's Shadow & Bone, this twist on a Black Russian includes maple (associated with immortality) and cinnamon (for energy and lust).
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Cocktail, Coffee Liqueur, Novel-Inspired, Vodka
Servings: 1 cocktail


Cinnamon-Infused Maple Syrup*

  • 4 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 oz water
  • 1 stick cinnamon


  • 1 ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon-infused maple syrup*
  • 1 dash bitters (pick your favorite!)


For the syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, boil the maple syrup, water, and cinnamon stick over medium heat.
  • When the liquid is reduced to half, remove from heat and let cool.
  • Store the syrup in a bottle in the refrigerator.

For the cocktail:

  • Place all of the cocktail ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice until chilled.
  • Serve in a rocks glass over fresh ice.