Peppermint White Russian

Made with just a few simple ingredients, this peppermint white Russian is a fun holiday twist on this classic cocktail. It’s creamy, indulgent and full of fresh peppermint flavor that you and your guests will enjoy this holiday season.

A peppermint white Russian in a glass rimmed with crushed candy cane pieces with a red and white striped paper straw in the glass and some candy canes and crushed pieces surrounding the glass.

What I love about peppermint cocktails

We don’t typically drink creamy cocktails, but the white Russian is a classic for a reason, and I’m totally on board with it – and it’s stronger cousin, the blind Russian.

It’s the perfect blend of coffee liqueur and vodka, with just a hint of cream – which is exactly how I like my regular coffee. By adding a splash of peppermint schnapps, you get a hint of holiday flavors without straying too far from the original recipe.

Personally, I think a little peppermint goes a long way, so I only like to add 1/2 ounce, but feel free to change the ratio to suit your tastes.

Peppermint white Russians in glasses rimmed with candy cane pieces, with red and white paper straws in the glass.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this cocktail

Peppermint white Russians in glasses rimmed with candy cane pieces, with red and white paper straws in the glass.

How to make a peppermint white Russian

Rim your glasses. This rim is a little bit more complicated than your typical salted or sugared rim. Since we’re using candy canes (or peppermint candies) I like to use something a little stronger than lime juice to keep the candy on the glass.

Agave nectar is a great common cocktail ingredient that works, but you can also use honey or corn syrup if you don’t have agave.

Set up one plate with agave nectar and a second plate with the crushed peppermint candy. Dip in the agave and let any excess drip off before dipping the glass into the peppermint until the glass is nicely coated.

Mix your cocktail. Fill each glass with ice and measure out the vodka, coffee liqueur, peppermint schnapps and top with a splash of half-and-half. Stir with a bar spoon until combined and serve immediately.

Overhead close up shot of a peppermint white Russian in a glass rimmed with candy cane pieces with a red and white striped paper straw in the glass.

Common questions about this peppermint white Russian

What is the difference between a white russian and a black russian?

A black Russian is made of only two ingredients, coffee liqueur and vodka, while cream is added to a white Russian making it creamy and lighter. Another variation is a blind Russian which switches out the creamy for Irish cream liqueur.

Does Kahlua go bad?

Eventually it will go bad, there should be an expiration date from the manufacturer on the bottle. It is recommended to be stored in a cool dark place, so keep that in mind! This is also not an alcohol that should be stored in the freezer because the alcohol content is low it will actually freeze and be slushy when you want to pour it.

Does Kahlua contain caffine?

Yes it does. Most coffee liqueurs, and even some coffee-flavored beers, will contain some amount of caffeine, but the amount per serving is very small (5mg, compared to regular coffee which typically contains about 200mg). If you are sensitive to caffeine, or you’re avoiding it, you may want to consider using a substitute.

What alcohol percent is peppermint schnapps?

The alcohol amount in peppermint schnapps will vary by brand but it typically contains 15% – 30% alcohol which translate to 30 – 60 proof. There are some brands of peppermint schnapps, such as Rumple Minze, that are considerably stronger at 50% alcohol by volume or 100 proof.

Overhead shot of peppermint cocktails in glasses rimmed with peppermint pieces. One of the glasses has two small candy canes laying on top in the shape of a heart.

More refreshing peppermint cocktails:

Other cocktails with coffee liqueur:

Overhead shot of peppermint cocktails in glasses rimmed with candy cane pieces, with red and white paper straws in the glass.
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Peppermint White Russian

Made with just a few simple ingredients, this peppermint white Russian is a fun holiday twist on this classic cocktail. It’s creamy, indulgent and full of fresh peppermint flavor that you and your guests will enjoy this holiday season.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Vodka
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Belgian

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 11 1/2 ounces half-and-half
  • For garnish: agave nectar, crushed peppermint, candy canes

Instructions

  1. Rim glass with agave nectar and crushed peppermint candies.
  2. Fill glass with ice and add cocktail ingredients. Stir with a bar spoon to combine.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 274
  • Sugar: 19.2 g
  • Sodium: 46 mg
  • Fat: 0.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.1 mg

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