If you’ve had a White Russian before, you know how amazing they taste, but have you ever had a Pumpkin Spice White Russian? It’s even better! Think pumpkin spice latte, but with a zing! With amazing pumpkin spice flavors and some coffee liqueur, it’s a match made in heaven. It’s almost that time of year, so buckle up for delicious seasonal cocktails.

Creamy rich white russian cocktails with cinnamon sticks and garnish.

This classic cocktail is a fantastic addition to your holiday season festivities. It has the perfect pumpkin flavor for all of the pumpkin lovers out there, similar to this Baileys Pumpkin Vanilla Silk Martini and Pumpkin Pie Martini.

Side shot of a glass with frothy top and dark bottom of a white russian.

What is a White Russian?

Your classic White Russian cocktail is made with coffee liqueur, and vodka, and served on the rocks. We just turned it into a pumpkin cocktail to spice (literally) things up for the holidays. If one of your favorite cocktails is a White Russian, you’ll love this fun twist! It’s such a simple pumpkin spice version.Β 

Meanwhile, if you want a warm drink for the cold months, check out our boozy hot chocolate.

Ingredients for this white russian cocktail.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian Ingredients

If you’re one of the pumpkin spice haters, just leave out the hints of pumpkin! 

  • Kahlua
  • Vodka
  • Pumpkin puree – make sure it’s puree and not pumpkin spice mix. We’ve made this mistake when baking before.
  • Pumpkin Spice Creamer or Heavy Cream
  • Pumpkin pie spice mix – you can find this spice combo in the baking aisle with all the other spices. We always opt for the smaller size because we never go through it all.
  • Ice cubes

How to Make This White Russian Recipe

  • To start, you’ll need a cocktail shaker. Add all of your ingredients, except the Kahlua and shake well. Fill a glass with ice and add the kahlua.
  • Then, strain the shaken cocktail into the glass.
  • Serve it immediately after preparing to savor its flavors at their peak. Stir it up and garnish with ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick. Yum!

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Chill your glassware: Before preparing your cocktail, place the glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it. This will help keep your drink cold for longer.
  • Use quality ingredients: Opt for a good quality vodka and Kahlua to ensure a delicious and smooth cocktail. The pumpkin puree should be of good quality as well to impart the best flavor.
  • Adjust sweetness to taste: Taste the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice coffee creamer (or heavy cream) before adding them to the cocktail shaker. Depending on your preference and the sweetness of the ingredients, you may want to adjust the amounts slightly to achieve the desired level of sweetness.
  • Shake vigorously: When shaking the ingredients in the cocktail shaker, be sure to shake it vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This will help to thoroughly mix and chill the ingredients, creating a well-balanced drink.
  • Experiment with garnishes: While the recipe suggests garnishing with ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick, feel free to get creative with your garnishes. You can sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg or pumpkin spice on top, add a dollop of whipped cream, or even include a few crushed graham crackers for added texture and flavor.
  • Serve immediately: The Easy Pumpkin Spice White Russian is best enjoyed fresh and cold.

What to Serve with a White Russian

White Russians are best served with something sweet. Try Easy Homemade Pecan Sticky Buns or Almond Joy Cheesecake with your pumpkin white Russian. You’ll also love Banana-Nut Pound Cake with Maple Crown Royal Glaze.

If you’re an ice cream lover, try pairing this fall cocktail recipe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

More Delicious Recipes You Will Love:

For a classic drink with a fall twist, try this Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail. The fall flavors will have you grabbing your blankets and relaxing on the porch with a drink in hand. This drink is perfect for coffee lovers, especially those that love a PSL. 

Mixing vodka and pumpkin spice just makes perfect sense, so give it a try this fall! It’s one of the best fall cocktails you’ll try!

Easy Pumpkin Spice White Russian

With amazing pumpkin spice flavors and some coffee liqueur, this Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a match made in heaven.
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Cocktail Recipes
Italian
Author: Kita
5 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer or Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, except the kahlua. Shake well.
  • Fill a glass with ice and add the kahlua, strain the cocktail into the glass.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Garnish with ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.

Notes

  • Chill your glassware: Before preparing your cocktail, place the glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it. This will help keep your drink cold for longer.
  • Use quality ingredients: Opt for a good quality vodka and Kahlua to ensure a delicious and smooth cocktail. The pumpkin puree should be of good quality as well to impart the best flavor.
  • Adjust sweetness to taste: Taste the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice coffee creamer (or heavy cream) before adding them to the cocktail shaker. Depending on your preference and the sweetness of the ingredients, you may want to adjust the amounts slightly to achieve the desired level of sweetness.
  • Shake vigorously: When shaking the ingredients in the cocktail shaker, be sure to shake it vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This will help to thoroughly mix and chill the ingredients, creating a well-balanced drink.
  • Strain properly: To ensure a smooth and silky texture, strain the cocktail into the glass using a fine-mesh strainer. This will help remove any lumps or clumps from the pumpkin puree, resulting in a more visually appealing drink.
  • Experiment with garnishes: While the recipe suggests garnishing with ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick, feel free to get creative with your garnishes. You can sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg or pumpkin spice on top, add a dollop of whipped cream, or even include a few crushed graham crackers for added texture and flavor.
  • Serve immediately: The Easy Pumpkin Spice White Russian is best enjoyed fresh and cold. – – –
  • Serve it immediately after preparing to savor its flavors at their peak.
  • Make it ahead: If you’re hosting a gathering or want to pre-prep the cocktail, you can mix the Kahlua, vodka, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice coffee creamer (or heavy cream) in advance.
  • Keep this mixture refrigerated until ready to serve. When it’s time to enjoy, simply pour the mixture over ice in individual glasses and garnish as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 7248IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Recipe FAQs

Can I make it ahead of time?

If you’re hosting a gathering or want to pre-prep the cocktail, you can mix the Kahlua, vodka, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice coffee creamer (or heavy cream) in advance.

Keep this mixture refrigerated until ready to serve. When it’s time to enjoy, simply pour the mixture over ice in individual glasses and garnish as desired.

Do I need to strain the cocktail?Β 

To ensure a smooth and silky texture, strain the cocktail into the glass using a fine-mesh strainer. This will help remove any lumps or clumps from the pumpkin puree, resulting in a more visually appealing drink.

Can I use pumpkin-flavored liqueur?Β 

Sure, you want to get the seasonal flavors but don’t overdo it. If you absolutely love pumpkin, add it in and see how it tastes. Everyone has different tastebuds so it can’t hurt. Either way, it will make for a tasty fall cocktail.Β 

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