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Peppermint White Russian

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This peppermint white Russian has all the flavors you love in a traditional white Russian – vodka, creamy half and half, and coffee liqueur but with a fresh, holiday peppermint twist!

Peppermint White Russian in a glass with a candy cane.

Do you need a fun cocktail for your next holiday party?

This peppermint white Russian takes a classic white Russian–with vodka, half and half, and coffee liqueur–and includes a fun twist with the addition of peppermint schnapps! 

Dressing up the glasses with rims of melted white chocolate and crushed candy canes makes them extra adorable and delicious. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and minty.

It’s easy to spread a little holiday cheer with these deliciously decadent peppermint white Russians!

Peppermint schnapps, Baileys, Kahlua, vodka, and half and half sitting on a table.

Ingredients for peppermint white Russian

For cocktail:

  • Vodka – This is a clean-tasting, somewhat flavorless alcohol that is the base of our cocktail.
  • Coffee liqueur – Coffee liqueur will impart a delicious coffee flavor, and add sweetness to the cocktail.  
  • Half and half – Half and half will give the cocktail a luscious texture (and half the fat of using heavy cream alone).
  • Peppermint schnapps – Peppermint schnapps is a grain alcohol that has been infused with peppermint flavorings. It will give us that classic minty fresh, candy cane flavor! 

For glass garnishes:

  • White chocolate – White chocolate is sweet and creamy, and will pair perfectly with the minty flavors of the cocktail.
  • Crushed candy canes – Crushed candy canes will be like a little treat on the side of the glass and will also help emphasize the minty flavors.
Pouring kahlua into a cocktail shaker.
Rimming a glass with crushed candy cane.
Pouring Peppermint White Russian into a cocktail class.
Topping a Peppermint White Russian with half and half.

Make ahead

The best parties are ones where you aren’t scrambling to get everything done and can relax and enjoy your guests.

So think ahead!

You can prepare the glasses with their white chocolate rims for your peppermint white Russians a day before, and simply keep them on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator so they stay nice and cold until you’re ready to use them.

A hand holding a glass of Peppermint White Russian.


Here are some of my favorite toppings for this tasty beverage:

  • A candy cane hanging on the side of the glass
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground nutmeg, or cinnamon, sprinkled on top


Can’t have dairy? No problem!

You can easily switch out the half and half with a dairy-free substitute, just be sure that it’s an “unsweetened” variety so it doesn’t add any extra sugar.

Peppermint White Russian sitting on  a coaster.

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Peppermint White Russian

Peppermint White Russian

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes

This peppermint white Russian has all the flavors you love in a traditional white Russian - vodka, creamy half and half, and coffee liqueur but with a fresh, holiday peppermint twist!


For the Drink

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • 1 ounce half-and-half

To Rim the Glass

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate, melted
  • 1 candy cane, crushed


Make the Drink 

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, peppermint schnapps, and half-and-half.
  2. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a candy cane, if desired. Serve immediately. 

Rim the Glass 

  1. Dip the edge of your cup into the melted white chocolate about 1/4-inch.
  2. Then dip it into the crushed candy cane. Set aside. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 593Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 0gSugar: 54gProtein: 3g

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