This Bourbon Salted Caramel White Russian recipe puts a fun spin on the classic White Russian. If you want extra fun, make your own cinnamon ice cubes, too!
Three cheers for alcohol, Thanksgiving and holidays in general! And this SALTED CARAMEL White Russian. I mean, are you surprised? I’ve been trying to make a ‘salted caramel’ version of every single recipe ever for the past few months. Sorry, I can’t help it! Salted caramel makes everything better—it’s a fact.
So I’m typically not into coffee-based alcoholic beverages—hard milkshakes make me want to vom—but White Russians are the exception. I’m going to assume it’s the coffee+cream combination that works oh so well. Who doesn’t love coffee and cream?
On a scale from 1-10, how prepared are we for Thanksgiving? If you’re hosting, you have much more preparing to do than, say, myself. I’m just bringing myself, Miguel and a pear pie and that’s about it! Easy peasy. I imagine that when I eventually host Thanksgiving (when I’m a real house-owning adult), I’ll be about a 2 on the “prepared scale” by this point. I’m a procrastinator through and through, and not very good at planning things either. Kudos to all of you who are on top of your shit around the holidays—seriously, it’s impressive.
But, even the most prepared people need alcohol to calm ‘em down and ease their worries sometimes, and THAT is where this White Russian comes into play. Into a glass goes some ice cubes. If you wanna be FUN, you can make cinnamon cubes like I did (totally not necessary, but cinnamon pairs well with caramel and coffee and they’re SO easy to make). After the ice you’ll add a shot of vodka, a shot of Kahlua and then fill the rest of the glass up with cream.
Tip: Because I was trying to be sliiiiiightly healthier, I opted to use a soy-based cream in this drink. Please know you can use ANY creamer (though an almond-based creamer may taste kind of funny….), including the traditional heavy whipping cream or half and half.
Then, last but not least, you’ll drizzle the entire cup with a spoonful of bourbon salted caramel. The bourbon is optional, but it’s essentially my salted caramel recipe plus a shot of bourbon. The stronger the drink the better, right? Especially when it’s coffee-based!
In short: the basic version of this drink is just regular ice cubes, vodka, Kahlua, heavy cream, and salted caramel, and the fancy version uses cinnamon ice cubes and bourbon salted caramel. You decide! Just know that both versions are out of this world delicious.
Happy Thanksgiving eve!
- 1 shot vodka
- 1 shot coffee liqueur (like Kahlua)
- Cream (either heavy whipping cream, half and half or a soy-based creamer)
- 1 tbsp salted caramel sauce**
- Line a glass with caramel sauce by drizzling it around the inside of the glass.
- Fill glass with ice.
- Add 1 shot vodka and 1 shot coffee liqueur to glass and then fill the rest of the glass up with cream.
- Stir to combine and drizzle with extra caramel sauce.
**Optional: stir 1 shot bourbon into caramel sauce ingredients so that everything is combined. If caramel sauce is already made, then omit the bourbon completely.