The 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.
Several years back my oldest brother unknowingly started a new Thanksgiving tradition. He invited me to join him and his wife for a White Russian 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.
What is a White Russian cocktail?
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.
How to make a Salted Caramel White Russian:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The design is so perfect for the season, and it matches this recipe so nicely. What do you think?
You can access the free recipe card printable here.
I hope you enjoyed this Salted Caramel White Russian recipe. If you give it a try, let me know what you think.