Pumpkin Spice White Russian

This pumpkin spice white Russian recipe is wonderful around the holidays. The vanilla vodka, Kahlúa and half & half complement the light pumpkin taste to make a fun and delicious sipping cocktail.

Creamy white Russian in the wider glass in front of the bubble glass with small pumpkinsPin

I have always been partial to white Russian cocktails. They remind me of my youth and the holidays. In my family, white Russians were always a must-imbibe on Thanksgiving. Drinking them is like drinking potent, melted mocha milk shakes.

If only they sold pumpkin flavored liqueur back then! I would have chugged down pumpkin spice white Russians like a champ, even more than I used to chug down the classic white Russians. I LOVE pumpkin. Though I have to say, I do not like pumpkin spice lattes. I’m not exactly sure why, but there you have it.

The melding of the Kahlúa, vanilla vodka, pumpkin and half & half is so delicious you’ll have to remind yourself that it is not a melted milk shake but a potent cocktail! So sip, don’t chug. Don’t be like Young Lainey and chug like a champ.

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Helpful tips

  • You don’t have to use half & half for this cocktail. It does make it ‘richer’ but if you want to cut some calories, you can substitute with milk.
  • If you don’t care about calories, then light cream is also delicious and rich. I wouldn’t use heavy cream though. That would be too rich.
  • If you don’t have vanilla vodka, you can use either regular vodka or caramel vodka, if you have it.
  • There are a few pumpkin flavored liqueurs out there. Use what you can find. You don’t have to get the brand pictured below. (It was the only one available to me at the liquor store.)
  • Just for fun, I mixed the cocktails two ways: in a glass and in a cocktail shaker. Either way is fine. I prefer the cocktail shaker but if you want to build yours in a glass, you’ll just have to mix the pumpkin spice white Russian with a spoon to meld the flavors together.
  • You can garnish this cocktail in a few different ways. I choose to mix equal parts of sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Then I dip a little simple syrup on my finger and rub it around the rim of the two glasses. Next, I roll the rim in the cinnamon sugar, shake it off and place the glasses upright.
  • Or you can stick a cinnamon stick in each glass.
  • If you are going to build the white Russian directly in the glass, be careful not to pour each ingredient over the cinnamon-sugared rims.

How to make a pumpkin spice white Russian

Pre-step

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Gather two garnished double old fashioned glasses (see helpful tips above) and measuring glass.

After measuring each ingredient, pour it into the shaker (or glass, if you want to build the cocktail that way.)

Step one

Gather the ingredients – Pumpkin liqueur, vanilla vodka, Kahlúa and half & half.

Pumpkin spice liquor, Kahlua, vanilla vodka and cream on a tablePin

Step two

Measure 4 ounces of pumpkin liqueur – 2 ounces per cocktail.

Pumpkin pie liquor measured with the bottle, shaker and glasses in the backgroundPin

Step three

Measure 4 ounces vanilla vodka – 2 ounces per cocktail.

Vanilla vodka measured with the bottle, shaker and sugared rimmed glassesPin

Step four

Measure 3 ounces of Kahlúa – 1 1/2 per cocktail.

Kahlua poured with the bottle, shaker, garnished glasses in the backgroundPin

Step five

Measure 2 ounces of half & half – 1 ounce per cocktail.

Half and half poured out with the carton, shaker and glasswarePin

Step six

Cap cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain and divide between the two glasses.

Sugared rimmed glass with a white cream cocktail in front of another glass and pumpkinsPin

Let’s look at that back glass in vertical view. The cocktail looks glorious in it. I love the bubble in the base of the glass.

I bought this glass at Crate & Barrel.

Vertical view of the pumpkin cocktail in two double old fashioned glasses with small pumpkins in the backgroundPin

Yum. Remember to sip and not chug! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this pumpkin spice white Russian cocktail recipe. It’s so yummy.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Pumpkin Spice White Russian

This pumpkin spice white Russian recipe is wonderful around the holidays. The vanilla vodka, Kahlúa and half and half really complements the light pumpkin taste and makes it a fun and delicious sipping cocktail.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice white Russian, white Russian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 340kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Pumpkin Liqueur (any brand)
  • 4 ounces vanilla vodka (or caramel vodka)
  • 3 ounces Kahlúa
  • 2 ounces half & half (or milk for fewer calories)

Garnish

  • cinnamon
  • sugar

Instructions

  • Mix together a small amount of cinnamon and sugar. Wet the rim of the glasses with a small amount of simple syrup. Roll the rims of both glasses in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Shake glass and place upright.
    cinnamon, sugar
  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add pumpkin liqueur, vodka, Kahlúa and half & half
    4 ounces Pumpkin Liqueur, 4 ounces vanilla vodka, 3 ounces Kahlúa, 2 ounces half & half
  • Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain and divide liquid between the two glasses being careful not the touch the sugared rims
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful Tips
  • You don’t have to use half and half for this cocktail. It does make it ‘richer’ but if you want to cut some calories, you can substitute milk.
  • If you don’t care about calories, then light cream is also delicious and rich. I wouldn’t use heavy cream though. That would be too rich.
  • If you don’t have vanilla vodka, you can either use regular vodka or caramel if you have it.
  • There are a few pumpkin flavored liqueurs out there. Use what you can find, you don’t have to get this brand. It was the only one available to me at the liquor store.
  • Just for fun, I made it both ways: built in a glass and in a cocktail shaker. Either way is fine, you’ll just have to mix the pumpkin spice white Russian with a spoon to meld the flavors together.
  • You can garnish this cocktail in a few different ways. I chose to mix equal parts of sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Then I took a little simple syrup on my finger and rub it around the rim of the two glasses. Next, I roll the rim in the cinnamon sugar, shake it off and place the glasses upright.
  • Or you can stick a cinnamon stick in each glass.
  • If you are going to build the white Russian directly in the glass, be careful not to pour each ingredient over the cinnamon sugared rims.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.38g | Protein: 0.94g | Fat: 3.56g | Saturated Fat: 2.13g | Cholesterol: 10.49mg | Sodium: 20.13mg | Potassium: 36.85mg | Sugar: 38.2g | Vitamin A: 100.36IU | Calcium: 29.77mg
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12 Comments

  1. I had NO idea there was such a thing as pumpkin liqueur – guess what I’m off to go get so I can make this festive cocktail!!! Can’t wait!

  2. This is the MOST amazing cocktail for fall and our Thanksgiving family gathering! Sipping on this delicious concoction is the only way I can get through the party! LOL

    1. Haha! Thanks Jessica. It certainly used to help me get through the ones when I was a lot younger! 🙂 And even now! 😉

  3. this.looks.so.good!!! I love Kahlua and with the pumpkin spice must be divine! can’t wait to try! (q- where do you get your photography backgrounds?? I love the black!)