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Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail

Cue the applause for this Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail! A sprinkle of nutmeg and a dash of Kahlua makes this vodka-flavored White Russian Gingerbread Cocktail a treat worthy of praise.

A White Russian Cocktail is the adult version of a vanilla milkshake. Vodka and coffee liqueur combine over a few well-positioned ice cubes and then topped off with a dollop of velvety smooth heavy cream. An unforgettable nightcap, we must admit, and a doozy if you're a first-timer.

Made famous by major film productions and Hollywood starlets alike, a flavored White Russian is the type of drink worthy of big media praise.

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Why You'll Love Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail

  • Simple to make
  • Perfect for coffee lovers
  • Infused with cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Easy on the stomach

When gifted the delightful task of finding a drink to help ring in the holidays with the family, it took us no time to decide on a Christmas twist of this frothy concoction.

Yet, regardless of its sharpness, the family will gush over this smooth pick-me-up drink.

Ingredients for a Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail.

Cocktail Ingredients

Get more ingredient info and recipe instructions in the recipe card below.

  • Kahlua
  • Vanilla flavored vodka - we used Vodka
  • Milk - Barista Milk and Maple Hill Organic Milk have a unique full-fat flavoring that, after being chilled, makes a great addition to this cocktail
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ice

Tools Needed

Mason Jar for Making Your Drink In And Serving

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Shot Glass

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Stirring Spoon

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How To Make A Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail Drink

  1. In a Mason Jar, add in your ice cubes until filled.
  2. Then add your nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove to the iced jar.
  3. Pour in 2 oz of Kahlua followed by 1 oz of vanilla-flavored vodka.
  4. Pour in 2 oz of milk and gently stir with stirring spoon.
  5. Finish the drink with your two cinnamon sticks and serve chilled.

What Is A Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail?

A Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail is a twist on the traditional White Russian Cocktail brew with bits of clove and nutmeg sprinkled in for good measure. Those who enjoy the spiciness of cinnamon will be delighted to know that it's added as both a flavoring and garnish to ping pong off the shot of Kahlua.

What really sets this gingerbread drink apart from the classic cocktail is the milk and spices used.

Recipe Variations and Tips

Trade out milk- We like to swap the regular cow's milk for heavy creams. We suggest Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream or Land O Lakes Heavy Cream. This brings an even more rich, creamy flavor to the drink. If you need to, you can use plant-based milk or other milk alternatives.

Try Dairy Free- Should you need a dairy free white russian recipe, here's what we recommend. Swap the cow's milk for other alternatives such as goat's milk, cashew milk, or flaxseed milk. All of which, make great substitutes- albeit with a slight variance in taste, but if that is what you can have, you'll still be able to enjoy this Gingerbread White Russian.

Swap Vodka- Use your preferred brand of vodka and if vodka isn't your thing, swap it out for your preferred spirit. It may change the overall flavor of the drink though.

Use Fresh Spices- Fresh is always best and makes for a better-tasting treat whether in desserts, meals, or in our case, drinks!

Add Gingerbread Crumbs- To really bring out some gingerbread flavor, you can add some gingerbread crumbs.

Cinnamon sticks sitting in a drink on a black and white plaid towel.

What Does A White Russian Taste Like?

You'll get hints of a slightly creamy coffee from the Kahlua and slight creaminess from the milk. But really, bittersweet is the tone of this drink as you're getting the pungent bite of ginger and cinnamon against sugared milk and vanilla vodka.

Where Did The White Russian Cocktail Come From?

Now, did the White Russian Cocktail originate in Russia? It is a good question that's frequently asked, and the answer is a resounding no.

By creation, a White Russian Cocktail is a Belgian conception, invented by Belgian Barman Gustave Tops, in honor of US Ambassador Perle Mesta.

The "Russian" comes from the vodka used and adapted into various mixes like our Gingerbread White Russian Drink Recipe.

Drink in a jar with cinnamon sticks on a black and white towel.

How Do You Know If Your Fresh Spices Have Gone Bad?

Using fresh spices in recipes is key and really brings out the drink flavor.

In this recipe, it's easy to know if your spices are good or bad.

You can always tell if nutmeg has gone bad because its fragrance won't be as intense. Same thing for your other spices- Cinnamon and Ginger, when your nose knows you know.

How Long Is A White Russian With Gingerbread Good For?

Since you make this drink on the rocks, with ice, this drink is best enjoyed right after you make it.

We do NOT recommend making this ahead of time since it will be served on ice that will eventually melt.

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Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail

A creamy Gingerbread White Russian is festive and easy. Try this unique take on a classic coffee hinted cocktail drink that's slightly sweet.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Mason Jar Recipe


  • 2 ounces kahlua
  • 1 ounce vanilla flavored vodka
  • 2 ounces milk
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon clove
  • teaspoon ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • Ice


  • In a Mason Jar, add in your ice cubes until filled.
  • Then add your nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove to the iced jar.
  • Pour in 2 oz of Kahlua followed by 1 oz of vanilla-flavored vodka.
  • Pour in 2 oz of milk and gently stir with stirring spoon.
  • Finish the drink with your two cinnamon sticks and serve chilled.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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