Easy Gingerbread White Russian



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As the holiday season wraps its twinkling lights around us, what better way to toast to the merriment than with a sip of something truly decadent?

This easy Gingerbread White Russian cocktail marries the creamy decadence of a traditional White Russian with the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread.

So get ready to toast to joy, togetherness, and the delight that comes with crafting something delicious. This quick and easy White Russian Gingerbread cocktail isn’t just a drink – it’s a festive celebration in a glass!

Easy gingerbread white russian cocktail in glass.

Why You’ll Love This Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail

I love a White Russian cocktail – the classic recipe of coffee liqueur, vodka and cream is such a delicious combination that is great for parties, after dinner drinks and brunch.

But the cocktail also has plenty of variations – including my coffee lovers White Russian and now this festive White Russian with gingerbread syrup.

Christmas cocktails are such a fun way to celebrate the festive season. And while I don’t mind making fancy holiday cocktails (like this eggnog espresso martini) for a Christmas or New Years Eve Party, sometimes I just want to prepare a quick and easy cocktail drink that doesn’t have a lot of steps or fancy ingredients.

Which is why I love this gingerbread flavored White Russian recipe. Served on the rocks, you literally throw all the ready made ingredients in a glass, stir and enjoy! It literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare this festive holiday drink!

And the result is a sweet, creamy and slightly caffeinated cocktail that truly captures the essence of the season.

collage of gingerbread syrup cocktail with text overlay easy festive gingerbread cocktail.

Ingredients For A Christmas White Russian

To make this Holiday White Russian recipe you’ll need:

  • Kahlua – the traditional coffee liqueur for a White Russian. You could also use Tia Maria or Mr Black.
  • Vodka – no need for top shelf vodka, just a regular brand will do.
  • Gingerbread coffee syrup – Use store bought syrup for a quick and easy drink. I like Torani coffee syrups.
  • Italian Sweet Cream coffee creamer – sweeter than regular milk, coffee creamer is my secret ingredient to sweeten this White Russian variation!
  • Heavy cream – an essential ingredient for the classic creamy finish of this cocktail. Don’t use whipped cream.

A jigger makes it easy to measure liquor portions for cocktail drinks, but you can also use a regular tablespoon or cup measure too.

Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer

Coffee mate italian sweet cream creamer

A unique twist in my Gingerbread White Russian drink recipe is to use Italian sweet cream coffee creamer.

Sweeter than regular milk, it also adds a lovely creaminess to the cocktail.

The Coffee mate Italian Sweet Cream coffee creamer is my pick to use in this recipe.

Gingerbread Syrup

Many Gingerbread White Russian recipes use a homemade gingerbread syrup.

Which is fine, unless you just don’t have time (or the energy) to cook up a batch of syrup.

In which case I recommend the Torani Gingerbread coffee syrup.

It can be hard to find in store, so your best bet is to buy it online so you have it in the pantry ready for your next batch!

Torani Gingerbread coffee syrup

How To Make A White Russian With Gingerbread Syrup

1. Chill Your Glass

The first step is to 1/2 fill your glass with ice cubes. This helps keep your cocktail cold for longer and helps cool your cocktail ingredients too.

Use regular cubed ice or large single cubes as they last longer and don’t water down your cocktail like crushed or flaked ice do.

2. Add The Spirits And Syrup

Next you want to measure and pour your spirits and gingerbread syrup into the glass.

Using a jigger or measuring cup, add your Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur), then the vodka and gingerbread syrup.

Stir gently to combine before adding the next ingredients.

process step for how to make a Christmas white russian.

3. Add Cream And Creamer

Finally, measure and pour the sweet cream coffee creamer and heavy cream into the glass.

Lightly stir again to combine.

Then simply serve and enjoy!

holiday white russian gingerbread cocktail in glass.

Gingerbread White Russian Drink Variations

If you like to tinker with your coffee cocktail recipes, here are three easy gingerbread cocktail variations to try:

  • Add espresso – if you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, add a shot of espresso to the drink. Just be sure to cool the espresso before adding it to your glass.
  • Cinnamon – love spiced cocktails? Add a dusting of cinnamon on top, or make a cinnamon sugar and rim the glass with the sweet, spiced sugar.
  • No creamer – If you don’t like or don’t have creamer on hand, simply substitute the creamer with regular milk, or more heavy cream for a creamier drink.
festive white russian cocktail with gingerbread syrup in glass surrounded by christmas decorations.

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe FAQs

What’s In A White Russian Drink?

The classic White Russian is made with Kahlua, vodka and heavy cream. However there are many variations on the classic drink, this Gingerbread White Russian being one of them.

What Is The Best Vodka For A White Russian?

You don’t need to go top shelf vodka, but avoid spicy and flavored vodkas. Absolut vodka is a good option for making a White Russian.

Is A White Russian Shaken Or Stirred?

A White Russian cocktail is typically stirred, not shaken.

What Is The Best Coffee Liquor For A White Russian?

While Kahlua is the traditional choice for making a White Russian, other options include Tia Maria or Mr Black.

kahlua gingerbread syrup cocktail in glass.

More Coffee Cocktail Recipes

If you loved this homemade gingerbread Kahlua cocktail recipe, here are some more great coffee cocktails to try:

Find more coffee drink recipes here or browse all our coffee recipes.

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Easy gingerbread white russian cocktail in glass.

Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail

Celebrate the Festive season with this quick and easy gingerbread white russian cocktail. With gingerbread syrup, Kahlua and vodka, it's a delicious holiday cocktail that's perfect for the Holidays!
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 1 drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • Fill your glass 1/2 way with ice cubes.
    1 cup ice cubes
  • Add the Kahlua to the glass.
    1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • Add the gingerbread coffee syrup and vodka to the glass and stir to combine.
    1 oz gingerbread coffee syrup, 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • Add the Italian sweet cream creamer and heavy cream and stir gently to combine.
    2 oz Italian sweet cream coffee creamer, 1 oz heavy cream
  • Serve and enjoy!


  1. Substitute heavy cream for the creamer if you prefer a richer, creamier drink.
  2. You can make homemade gingerbread syrup, but I love the convenience of store-bought coffee syrup too.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.03mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Rachel Rodda
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Rachel Rodda

It's no surprise that as a former barista and founder of Creators of Coffee, I'm obsessed with all things coffee. I love to share easy and delicious coffee recipes, expert brewing tips and helpful coffee gear reviews with my fellow coffee lovers!

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