A twist on the classic White Russian recipe, this salted caramel White Russian recipe is perfect for fall and the holiday season. They are light, creamy and the perfect balance of sweet and slightly salty.
When I first published this salted caramel White Russian recipe, I didn’t know the life force it would take on. Inventing new, delicious seasonal White Russian recipes is now a whole thing.
It turns out that White Russians in general are a perfect holiday season cocktail. This salted caramel White Russian specifically is about to become your new favorite cocktail recipe.
This salted caramel White Russian is the perfect thing to sip as you’re prepping Thanksgiving dinner or while you’re decorating your Christmas tree. It’s so so delicious and a whole thing you’re definitely going to want to do.
It’s exactly what it says it is – a classic White Russian with a twist inspired by my love for all things salted caramel. And it’s the perfect cocktail for when you’re hosting friends or family over the holidays.
Salted Caramel White Russian Ingredients
The ingredients to make this salted caramel White Russian are very simple! It makes mixing one, a few, or a bunch throughout the evening super simple.
- Vodka – I usually use plain vodka, but have also made this White Russian recipe with caramel vodka and vanilla vodka. Both turn out delicious!
- Kahlua – Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that is one of the classic White Russian ingredients. It adds a deep, rich flavor that is so good.
- Cream – You can use heavy cream, half and half or even whole milk to make a White Russian. I prefer half and half for a nice creamy White Russian that still feels light and sweet.
- Caramel sauce – Any caramel sauce will work for this cocktail recipe. You can often find caramel sauce near the ice cream toppings in your grocery store.
- Sea salt – To add the right amount of saltiness to your salted caramel White Russian, I recommend coarse ground sea salt for this cocktail recipe.
This is an easy one to whip up and it’s perfect for making just one or two or for a whole crowd. If we had a big enough house I would absolutely invite all of you over and serve you one of these.
How to Make Salted Caramel White Russians
- Swirl a tall glass or mason jar with approximately half a tablespoon of caramel sauce. Set aside.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the Kahlua, vodka, the rest of the caramel sauce and cream.
- Fill your cocktail glass to the top with ice.
- Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously and then pour over the ice in your glass.
- Drizzle a bit of extra caramel sauce over top, then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
- Add a straw, serve and sip!
The key to making this drink shine is definitely the caramel swirled around the inside of the glass and then drizzled along the rim. It’s what makes this drink so good!
Also make sure you use a coarse sea salt and remember that just a little pinch will do. This isn’t a margarita, after all, you just want a little bit of that yummy salt flavor to balance out all the sweetness.
And that’s it, friends! So easy and crazy delicious.
- 1½ oz vodka
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 2 oz cream
- 1 tablespoon caramel sauce plus extra
- Pinch of coarse ground sea salt
- Swirl ½ of the caramel sauce around the inside of a tall glass or mason jar. Set aside.
- To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, Kahlua and the remaining caramel sauce. Shake vigorously.
- Add ice to the top of your caramel swirled glass.
- Pour cocktail mixture over top of the ice.
- Drizzle with a bit of extra caramel sauce.
- Sprinkle a pinch of coarse ground sea salt over top.
- Add a straw, serve and sip!
You can use heavy cream, half and half or whole milk for the cream in this recipe. I generally use half and half for a nice and creamy White Russian.
[Photos, recipe + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]