Classic White Russian Cocktails get a contemporary and delicious upgrade with one of the most popular flavors of the season: salted caramel. These Salted Caramel White Russians are the perfect cocktail for fall and the upcoming holiday season.

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Several years back my oldest brother unknowingly started a new Thanksgiving tradition. He invited me to join him and his wife for White Russians on Thanksgiving morning to watch the parade on TV. As the years have passed, more family members have joined us and we now have snacks (of course!) to accompany the fun. In fact, this gathering has become one of my favorite new traditions. (I realize that some people might question kicking off a long day of drinking and eating with White Russians, but somehow we make it work.)

When I was at the liquor store a couple weeks ago (to get supplies for my Apple Pie Sangria), I noticed that Bailey’s has come out with a Salted Caramel Kahlua. Having a bottle of Salted Caramel Vodka already in my hand, I knew what I had to make: Salted Caramel White Russians.

Salted Caramel White Russians |

Salted Caramel White Russians |

Salted Caramel White Russians |

In case you’ve never tasted a White Russian, it’s similar to a Kahula and Cream (which is essentially just Kahula and Half & Half) plus vodka. The resulting cocktail is like a thin chocolaty milkshake with vodka. Personally, I’m a big fan.

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By simply replacing classic Kahlua and regular vodka with the salted caramel varieties, a completely new drink was born. With the increasing popularity of salted caramel, especially at this time of year, it couldn’t be more appropriate.

For a final touch (since every cocktail needs a beautiful garnish), I dripped caramel inside the glass before pouring in the drink. As Ina Garten taught me, it’s important that what you’re going to eat (or in this case drink) looks like what’s inside.

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With streaks of caramel running down the side of the glass, there’s no question what this cocktail is going to taste like. Let me show you how simple it is to make.

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Salted Caramel White Russian

Makes 1 cocktail

Here's what you will need:
1 part Salted Caramel coffee liqueur (Bailey's or Kaluha)
2 parts Salted Caramel Vodka
1 part Half & Half (milk and cream)
Caramel sauce to garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the Kahlua, vodka, and half & half. Stir with a spoon to combine.

Drip caramel sauce down the side of a drinking glass. Add ice until the glass is about three quarters full; then pour in your cocktail. Garnish with a straw and serve.


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It’s really that simple.

I should also mention the measurements listed above are the classic recipe. Feel free to use more cream, less vodka, more Kahlua, etc – to find the perfect balance of flavors for you.

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I think you’re going to love this recipe.

In other exciting news, the Fall 2016 IBC Recipe Card is here!! As with the spring and summer ones, I’ll be providing a free download so that you can print off as many as you want and use them as you wish.

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The design is so perfect for the season, and it matches this recipe so nicely. What do you think?

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To get access to the free printable, all you need to do is sign up for the IBC Mailing List HERE. In this Wednesday’s (October 12*) email, I’ll include a link to the free printable as well as the two previous recipe cards in case you missed those. If you’re already subscribed (Thank you!), there’s no need to do anything. Just check your email on Wednesday.

*If you are reading this after October 12, never fear. I’ll include the link to IBC’s Recipe Card Printables at least once a week so you can find them, too.

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Cheers!

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  • Mom at

    Wow! These look so yummy. Order up. Please have one ready for me!!

  • Sonya ~at home with the barkers at

    OH MY White Russian loving heart! I will be making these for sure! The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is my absolutely favorite and love your tradition with family. I’ve already pinned this. Thanks Michael!

  • Debra at

    Michael — thank you for the recipe! I’ve made the Apple Pie Sangria three times now — it’s my go to drink for fall weekends! I can’t wait to try this one as well. More sparingly I’m sure since it’s a little richer. Thanks for the fall inspiration!

  • Courtney C at

    I can’t tell you how excited I was when this recipe showed up in my inbox! We’re making them tonight for our Halloween party, and I’m not sure I’m going to share! SO EXCITED!

  • Eden Passante at

    Yes! This sounds amazing! Gotta love a good white russian!

  • Tina at

    Love the drink

  • Karen Mary at

    The White Russian is delish, but there’s way too much vodka for my taste (and the taste of all my guests last weekend). After some experimenting, all agreed that one part each ingredient was ideal (though I liked mine with extra half and half or cream).

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s the great part out cocktails, you can adjust to suit your taste. Glad you found a nice balance of flavors that works for you and your guests.

      xo Michael

  • Paula at

    I have recently come across a salted caramel whiskey that is fabulous for this also, I substituted it for the vodka….. Oh my!

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