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Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Leah Hall

This Eggnog White Russian is the BEST White Russian Recipe for the holidays!


It’s probably a dirty little secret around here, but White Russians are one of my favorite cocktails. Because it really tastes like an iced coffee (and cold brew coffee is the bestest!) and it is one-third cream. Yes, I said cream, friends. This is a sweet, cold and creamy cocktail that you will love as much as I do!

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Kahlua being poured into glass with ice

We have totally shifted into holiday mode. We have chilly weather and have had some snow already. I am ready to sit next to a warm fire sipping on the best White Russian Recipe. Anyone want to join?

Eggnog being poured into glass with ice

For most people, White Russians came into play in 1998, when the Coen Brothers movie Big Lebowski “The Dude” caused an inadvertent White Russian revival. Note: I have embraced that fully.

Eggnog being poured into glass

I do consider a White Russian a year round cocktail, but I especially think of it as a holiday cocktail. And by especially I mean, we put eggnog in this one. Eggnog. In place of the cream. The richer the better. Calories during the holidays don’t count, right?

Eggnog White Russian in rocks glass, evergreen behind

But first, let’s talk about how to make a traditional White Russian!


What Ingredients are In a White Russian?

  • Vodka
  • Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
  • Cream

Cocktail in rocks glass, brown layer on bottom, creamy layer on top, evergreen in background

Easy to make, you add the vodka and Kahlua to a glass with ice, then add a splash of cream drizzled over the back of a spoon so it doesn’t fully mix. Then when you are ready, give it a stir. The ratios are usually 1 part vodka, 1 part Kahlua and 1 part cream. 3 ingredients, easy peasy.

Best White Russian recipe in rocks glass, brown layer on bottom, creamy layer on top

Because there are only 3 ingredients they are great for parties. It’s easy for guests to make their own drinks since it’s so simple. Plus, lets be honest, we have these ingredients on hand for those unexpected visitors that drop by during the holidays. It’s so easy to whip them up in a pinch.

White cocktail on wood board, evergreen behind

What Ingredients are Needed for the Eggnog White Russian?

  • Vodka
  • Kahula (coffee liqueur)
  • Eggnog


We added eggnog to this one for the funky flavor from it, which makes it such a great holiday themed cocktail with one easy ingredient swap! Makes for a great rich cocktail, and we encourage you to make the switch, but check the list below if you want to try something different for your best White Russian recipe!

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What cream is used in a White Russian?

Here are your choices:

  • Like we mentioned, heavy cream will make a very rich and creamy drink! The classic choice.
  • Half and half, which is half milk and half cream. Good alternative if you want to cut the richness but still have some creamy texture.
  • Whole milk: the less fat option, so not as creamy but will still have a touch of rich about it.
  • Eggnog: like in this recipe. Perfect for the holidays, this is even a richer choice than any of the above.

Eggnog cocktail in rocks glass, white cocktail with evergreen and candycanes by glass

Hope you try this great holiday cocktail! It’s a tasty choice, and if you need another try our Carrot Cake White Russian, too!




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Yield: 1

Eggnog White Russian

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Eggnog White Russian is the best White Russian recipe for the holidays! Give this easy and tasty cocktail a try!


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce eggnog
  • dash of nutmeg


  1. Pour vodka and coffee liqueur into glass with ice.
  2. Pour eggnog over a spoon into glass.
  3. Garnish with dash of nutmeg.
  4. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 3.8gSugar: 2.4gProtein: 1.1g

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