Christmas spiced White Russian

Tis the season to be jolly. And to drink a Christmas-spiced White Russian because let me tell you, they’re damn delicious!

Christmas spiced white Russian

I absolutely love a good cocktail but during the festive season, they seem to taste that much more delicious, don’t they? I don’t know if it’s the stress from finding perfect gifts or just the fact that it’s the end of the year but I appreciate a good cocktail so much more when December rolls around.

And today I have a treat for you because this Christmas-spiced White Russian recipe is an absolute hit. I mean, let’s face it, White Russians are always a good idea but when you add a Christmas-spiced syrup to the mix, you know we’re in for a party.

The spiced syrup can be made up to two weeks in advance and kept in a sealed container in the fridge making the assembly of this cocktail even easier. Make a single serving White Russian cocktail when your in-laws are stressing you out or a big jug to share with friends. Either way, we’re getting jolly, right?!


For the Christmas-spiced syrup

  • Sugar. 
  • Water. 
  • Vanilla extract. 
  • Ground ginger. 
  • Ground cinnamon. 
  • Ground nutmeg. 
  • Kahlua. Any coffee liqueur can be substituted. Add a few teaspoons of coffee to the syrup if you prefer to keep this recipe alcohol-free.
  • Milk. I used whole milk/full cream milk.
  • Cream. Heavy cream or whipping cream.
  • Vodka. Vanilla or caramel vodka would be delicious but you can make this cocktail alcohol-free too.

Christmas spiced white Russian

How do you make a White Russian?

Add ice to a short (Old Fashioned) glass then add vodka and Kahlua. Pour in spiced syrup then top with a splash of heavy cream/whipping cream, stir and serve. You can make this in a large jug if you’re serving a crowd or shake it in a cocktail shaker over ice too if you’d prefer serving it in Martini glasses.

Christmas cocktail ideas:

  1. Gingered cranberry poinsettia cocktails
  2. Christmas Cranberry Sangria
  3. Cranberry and ginger mojito
  4. “Grown-up” hot chocolate 

Christmas spiced white Russian

Christmas spiced white Russian

Christmas spiced White Russian

Tis the season to be jolly. And to drink Christmas-spiced White Russians because let me tell you, they're damn delicious! 
4.50 from 12 votes
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Course: Christmas, Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Cocktail, White Russian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 10 people


For the Christmas-spiced syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Milk & Cream mixture

  • 2 cups full cream/whole milk
  • 2 cups whipping/heavy cream

For the White Russian

  • ice
  • 1 part Christmas-spiced syrup
  • 2 parts Kahlua/Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 part Vodka
  • 2 parts Milk & Cream mixture/ Half & Half


For the syrup, combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  • Simmer for 10 minutes until reduced then remove from the heat and cool. 
  • To make the White Russian, Place ice in a glass and pour in the spiced syrup. Top with Kahlua, Vodka and the milk/cream mixture. 
  • Serve 



Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. I made a big jug of these White Russians for a party over the weekend and they were an instant hit. All my guests asked for the recipe!

  2. Oh wow, I think I’m going to have to give this a go! I am an avid guzzler of White Russians at home and I generally make mine wth milk and two big spoon fulls of vanilla Haagen Dazs!