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Gingerbread White Russian

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Gingerbread white russians are the perfect festive cocktail for the holiday season! Shaken with gingerbread syrup, vodka, coffee liquer, and milk, mix these up for holiday brunch, present wrapping, or just because.

overhead of gingerbread white russians with plate for gingerbread rim

Break out the mixing tin, canning jar, spoon….whatever is going to get the job done really. Gingerbread white russians are delicious and since this year has gone the way it has, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

Here’s what’s great about this classic with a festive twist:

  • simple ingredients
  • easy to make
  • strong
  • sweet
  • creamy

Let’s toast, my friends!

labeled ingredients for gingerbread white russian

HOW TO MAKE A GINGERBREAD WHITE RUSSIAN

Make the syrup. Pour. Shake. Enjoy!

Easy peasy, right?

holiday white russians with gingerbread garnish

WHAT GOES IN A WHITE RUSSIAN?

A classic white russian is vodka, kahlua, with milk or cream. In my house, they’re made the Big Lebowski way – with milk.

Just like this French Toast version, the gingerbread white russian is creamy and just the right amount of sweet with a boozy kick and all those good gingerbread spices thanks to the gingerbread syrup.

That gingerbread syrup is kind of like the mothersauce for a lot of the gingerbread recipes here. It makes the perfect latte, old fashioned, eggnog, and a good ol’ dessert martini.

Combine the syrup with the vodka, kahlua, and milk in a shaker with ice and shake it until it’s frothy! Pour it in a glass and sip away.

pouring drink into a glass over ice

If you’re in the mood for a garnish, try a little frosting on the rim and dip it in crushed gingerbread cookies or ginger snap! It’s like a snack and a drink all in one. It comes highly recommended by personal experience.

A very happy holidays from mine to yours! If you made this recipe, I’d love for you to leave a rating and hear about how you enjoyed it in the comments!

side angle gingerbread cocktails with gingerbread garnishes

Gingerbread White Russian

Sweet, spicy, and creamy!  These gingerbread cocktails are perfectly festive for brunch or to sip on to ring in the holiday season.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy cocktails, gingerbread cocktails, gingerbread white russian, holiday cocktails, white russian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Lauren

Ingredients

Gingerbread White Russian

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces kahlua or coffee liquer
  • 2 ounces gingerbread syrup
  • 2 ounces whole milk or cream

Gingerbread Syrup

  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Make the gingerbread syrup. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, water, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla over medium heat, stirring until combined. Bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes – stirring occasionally. Let cool. Stir before using.
  • Build the cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, kahlua, gingerbread syrup, and whole milk over ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Serve. Pour the cocktail over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Optional: garnish with gingerbread cookies or crushed gingersnap rim, cinnamon sticks, or freshly grated nutmeg.

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg

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