Perfectly chilled, a white chocolate white Russian is sophisticated and beautiful, a wonderfully sweet and creamy dessert drink.

Drink with a light brown layer, a light white layer, and ice.

With dreamy white chocolate liqueur (think Godiva or Ghirardelli, your favorite brand of chocolate) and the bittersweet coffee bean flavor of Kahlúa, sipping a white chocolate white Russian is a little like eating the best chocolates, from a glass instead of a box. Albeit, with a kick. There is a bit of alcohol involved, too. Drink responsibly!

White chocolate. White Russian. White Christmas. White chicken chili. White wine. White rice. White queso. More white wine. White chocolate blondies. I’m not trying to do away with the rainbow here. I think winter is getting to me or something. When I look out of my windows, all I see is white, white, white. Yup, we’re in the middle of a big snowstorm.

Get the fireplace going, find some cozy jazz to play, cuddle under a fuzzy blanket, and sip a dreamy, creamy sweet cocktail. You’ll be glad you did!

Tall iced white russian in a clear glass, being stirred.

About this white chocolate white Russian

This cocktail is a variation of the classic white Russian recipe, with the addition of white chocolate liqueur. A classic white Russian isn’t stirred or shaken. It’s served on the rocks (over ice) beautifully displaying each layer.

A white chocolate white Russian is chilled by adding it to ice in a cocktail shaker. After shaking it for thirty seconds or so, you’ll pour the cocktail into a glass, straining out the ice. Your drink will be perfectly chilled, just like a martini. Don’t you just love chocolate martinis like this one by Preppy Kitchen? A chocolatini, anyone?

It’s easy to remember the recipe for a white chocolate white Russian: one ounce of each ingredient! How simple is that! No math necessary. Making two drinks? Simply mix up two ounces of everything. Three drinks, three ounces. If you put a cup of each ingredient in a pitcher, you’ll have enough to make eight cocktails. Easy-peasy.

A cocktail in a glass with ingredients and a shaker in the background.

What you need

  • Vodka – Choose your favorite brand!
  • White Chocolate Liqueur — My favorite is Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur.
  • Coffee Liqueur – Kahlúa works great here!
  • Irish Cream Liqueur – We like Bailey’s.
  • Half-and-Half – Use milk if you’re looking to lighten things up or heavy cream for a truly decadent treat. 
  • White Chocolate – This is used to rim the glasses. It’s optional, but it really is a glamorous touch, don’t you think? 
Bottles in a row - milk, bailey's, white chocolate liqueur, vodka, kahlua.

How to make this cocktail your own

  • Rather have a chocolate White Russian? Add chocolate liqueur or a drizzle of chocolate syrup instead of white chocolate liqueur.
  • Lighten it up or make it richer, using milk or heavy cream instead of half-and-half.
  • Serve it on the rocks instead of shaken with ice. 
A drink being poured out of a shaker into a glass with ice.

Make-Ahead Ideas

This is such an easy cocktail to make. Chill your ingredients and make sure you have plenty of ice. Rim the glasses with white chocolate and keep them chilled.

If you’re serving a crowd, combine the ingredients in a large container, and shake each cocktail separately or pour the mixture over ice in individual glasses.

A hand holding a light brown and white drink.

Storage Tips

If the cocktail is stored separately from the ice, it will keep in a covered container for at least a few days. Adding ice ahead of time will dilute the drink.

More Dessert Sips

A sweet, creamy dessert drink is the perfect ending to a fabulous dinner (or even a dinner that maybe wasn’t so fabulous). Try one of these dreamy sips:

A white russian in a tall glass with supplies to make it in the background.

White Chocolate White Russian

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Perfectly chilled, white chocolate white Russians are sophisticated and beautiful, a wonderfully sweet and creamy dessert drink.


  • ¼ cup white chocolate, melted, to rim glass (optional)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
  • 1 ounce Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey's
  • 1 ounce half-and-half


To Rim the Glass 

  1. Dip the edge of a rocks glass into the melted white chocolate about ¼”. Set aside. 

Make the Cocktail 

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, white chocolate liquor, coffee liquor, Irish cream liqueur, and half-and-half.
  2. Shake until chilled-- about 30 seconds. Strain into the rimmed rocks glass. Serve immediately.


  • Lighten it up or make it richer, using milk or heavy cream instead of half-and-half.
  • Serve it on the rocks instead of shaken with ice. 
  • Drink responsibly!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 962Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 0gSugar: 91gProtein: 4g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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