This Peppermint White Russian recipe is delicious and it looks so pretty! A perfect wintry cocktail to enjoy during the holidays or anytime during winter!
This twist on the classic White Russian cocktail is the perfect way to add a touch of holiday cheer to any festive gathering. With a decadent blend of creamy Kahlúa, smooth vodka, and a burst of refreshing peppermint, this cocktail is like a winter wonderland in a glass.
Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, enjoying a cozy night in by the fireplace, or looking for a unique and comforting drink to celebrate, this White Russian is sure to satisfy.
Grab your cocktail shaker and and shake up this delightful and spirited concoction that’s sure to become a new holiday favorite!
Why You’ll Love this White Russian Cocktail Recipe
Hosting a Christmas party and looking for the perfect cocktail to serve? This Peppermint White Russian cocktail recipe fits the bill – easy to make and they look gorgeous and festive!
This recipe makes 1 serving but it’s easy to double or triple this, mix it in a large pitcher and then serve in pretty cocktail glasses.
Looking for another kind of tasty treat to go along with these cocktails? Try this Crab Dip – you can easily whip up a batch in minutes. And if you’re looking for a holiday drink that’s a bit on the lighter side, try these Cranberry Vodka Spritzers!
Peppermint White Russian Cocktail Ingredients
- Kahlua Coffee Liqueur – one of the classic ingredients for White Russian cocktails, this liqueur adds a splash of coffee flavor.
- Vodka – gives your cocktails a little bit of extra bite, and is also customary for a White Russian.
- Peppermint Schnapps – adds some sweet peppermint flavor that makes these cocktails ideal for the holiday season.
- Half and Half Cream – gives your cocktails their signature creaminess.
- Ice – keeps your cocktail nice and cold.
- Corn Syrup – helps the crushed candy canes adhere to the glass.
- Crushed Candy Canes or Crushed Peppermint Candies – these will serve as a garnish on the rim of your glass.
- Mini Candy Canes – you can also use whole mini candy canes as a fun garnish.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – also optional for some extra warmth and flavor.
How to Make White Russians with Peppermint
- Let’s start by getting the glassware ready by decorating the rim.
- Into a saucer, pour 4-5 tablespoons of corn syrup. Into another saucer, place crushed candy canes or peppermints. Here’s where you can find already crushed peppermint candies.
- If you can’t get any crushed candy canes, you can crush peppermints or candy canes using a rolling pin. It’s not a fun job especially when you have guests in your home, so you will want to get this done ahead of time. Put the candy canes or peppermints into a Ziplock bag to keep them more contained while you’re crushing them.
- Dip the rim of the glass into the corn syrup, followed by the crushed candies. Remove the cocktail glass, turn it upright and you’re ready to start mixing this festive holiday drink!
- Now, fill with ice about halfway. After you add ice, pour in vodka, Kahlua and peppermint schnapps and the half and half and stir well. You can use heavy cream in place of the half and half, if you like.
- Sprinkle with just a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice if you like.
- Add a touch of whimsy by adding a miniature candy cane or a peppermint stick, then serve.
One of the most common glasses to serve this cocktail in is what is called an old fashioned glass, used for highballs and other cocktails. You can find some pretty White Russian glass on Amazon here.
Serve up this Christmas White Russian during the holidays or anytime you’re looking for a new cocktail to try. Pair with Spiced Red Wine Poached Pairs or a delicious and decadent Chocolate Raspberry Tart for an extra special treat.
White Russian FAQs
Can I make White Russians in a cocktail shaker?
Instead of making your White Russian in a glass, you can also use a cocktail shaker to mix the drink ingredients together, then pour into rimmed cocktail glasses. This is a good option if you don’t want to include ice, which could potentially water down your drink as the ice melts.
Can I make White Russians in a big batch recipe?
You can easily make this in a large pitcher to enjoy with a group of friends. You can find exact measurements for a big batch White Russian recipe here.
How do you make a White Russian not curdle?
If your White Russian curdles, it is likely because you are using a type of low fat milk or cream.
Popular Variations and Substitutions
- To make this cocktail a Black Russian instead, simply omit the half and half.
- If you can’t find Peppermint Schnapps, try a peppermint flavored vodka instead.
- Another flavored vodka like chocolate or vanilla would also make a sweet addition to this tasty cocktail!
- For a lighter version of this White Russian cocktail, use milk instead of half and half. This will reduce the calories and fat but make the drink thinner, so be aware that splash of cream is important to keep the decadent, creamy texture.
- Other garnish ideas include a dollop of whipped cream, festive sprinkles, or fun colored straws.
- Enhance your drink with even more minty flavor using a homemade Peppermint Simple Syrup.
White Russian Recipe
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- 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
- 2 oz. half and half cream
- Ice Cubes
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional)
- Corn Syrup (for garnish)
- Crushed red Peppermints or Candy Canes
- Miniature Candy Canes
1. Pour 3-4 tbsp. corn syrup into a saucer, and crushed peppermints or crushed candy canes to another saucer.
2. Dip the rim of the glass into the corn syrup, followed by the crushed candies.
3. Fill your decorated glass about halfway with ice.
4. Add the vodka, peppermint schnapps, half and half, and Kahlua.
5. Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top.
6. Add a mini candy cane to each glass and serve.
- Omit the half and half for a Black Russian cocktail.
- Peppermint vodka can be used instead of Peppermint Schnapps.
- Try this cocktail with other flavors of vodka like chocolate or vanilla for other flavor combinations.
- Using milk instead of half and half will make for a lighter cocktail, but also a thinner one.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 645Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 1gSugar: 69gProtein: 2g