The coziest Creamy Coconut White Russian…for all the festive nights ahead. Homemade cinnamon vanilla simple syrup, mixed with the classic White Russian ingredients of vodka and Kahlúa. But my seasonal twist? Creamy coconut milk and a splash of coconut rum, which add just the right amount of coconutty flavor. This is the perfect holiday twist on the classic White Russian cocktail, and it’s a delicious December treat!

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Hey, hi, and happy Saturday! Only one more Saturday left until Christmas and I’m rolling out my favorite cocktails just in time. Or at least I’m trying to anyway!

A good White Russian is one of my favorite holiday drinks. It all started a few years back after I shared one of my first ever holiday drinks, The North Pole Cocktail. To this day that drink is one of my most favorite drinks I’ve ever shared. It’s sweet, it’s over the top, and it’s festive.

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But most importantly? It introduced me to the deliciousness that’s in the combination of Kahlúa, vodka, and cream. It’s a cocktail that tastes like dessert, and it might just be my favorite. I’ve loved Kahlúa since I was a kid, which I know sounds bad, but my mom puts it in her Christmas Eve Death By Chocolate. Just a little goes a long way and it’s that splash of Kahlúa that makes her Christmas Eve dessert special.

The point is…I love Kahlúa during the holidays.

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Enter this White Russian…

If Christmas had a cocktail, this would be it.

It’s a special one that’s only fitting for the holiday season. It’s hinted with cinnamon and vanilla. There’s a touch of coffee flavor from the Kahlúa, and a bit of a kick from the vodka. The coconut milk makes it luscious, creamy, and perfect.

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You really can’t go wrong with a combo like that. My recommendation? Rim each glass in a mix of sweet coconut and sugar, and then top each drink off with a cute little cinnamon stick. It’s a bit over the top, but since it’s the holidays, it’s totally ok. Plus, it’s the end of 2020…anything goes at this point.

Go with me on this. If you’re looking for a fun drink to make this weekend while watching yet another holiday movie, this is it.

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Looking for other Christmas drinks? Here are my favorites: 

White Christmas Mojito

The North Pole Cocktail

Santa’s Nightcap

Lastly, if you make this Creamy Coconut White Russian, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Creamy Coconut White Russian |
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The Recipe

Creamy Coconut White Russian

The perfect holiday twist on the classic White Russian’s a delicious December treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 528 kcal



  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) coconut rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Kahlua
  • 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) vanilla syrup
  • 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) canned full fat coconut milk or cream well stirred


  1. 1. To make the vanilla syrup. In a medium pot, combine 1/2 cup water, the honey, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    2. To make the Russian. Fill a glass with ice. Add the vodka, coconut rum, Kahlua, and vanilla syrup. Stir gently. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon, if desired. 

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