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A cool peppermint white Russian cocktail

Winter is candy cane season, so we’ve created a festive, minty version of the favorite standby cocktail for you to make and enjoy: the Peppermint white Russian. In addition to crushed peppermint, our cool version contains coffee liqueur and half-and-half.

We’re not the first to switch up this popular drink. It actually comes in many other versions, including the Black Russian, without cream; the Dirty Russian, with chocolate milk; the White Canadian, with goat’s milk; the White Cuban, with rum; and the Anna Kournikova (or Skinny Russian) with skim milk.

The drink got its name not from its country of origin, but because Russian vodka is its main ingredient. A Belgian bartender actually created both the black and white Russians in 1949.

By 1965, the drink’s popularity had spread to California, and in 1998, the drink hit the big screen in The Big Lebowski as the main character’s drink of choice.

Easy to make and drink, our recipe combines the velvety consistency of half-and-half with the chocolaty aroma of coffee, the kick of vodka, and the refreshing taste of mint.

Looking to cut calories? Replace the half-and-half with skim milk, and substitute the sugar and coffee liqueur with sugar-free, coffee-flavored syrup. Serve it over ice, and you have a liquid dessert in a highball glass!

Peppermint white Russian


Peppermint candy simple syrup:

  • Crushed peppermint candies
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 3-1/2 ounces coffee liqueur (recommended: Kahlua)
  • Splash half and half


Peppermint candy simple syrup:

  1. Combine candies, sugar and water.
  2. Simmer, stirring often, until melted.
  3. Cool in refrigerator.


  1. Combine vodka, coffee liqueur and splash of half and half in a glass with ice.
  2. Add simple syrup.
  3. Stir well.

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