Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail

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A Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail creates a seasonal riff on my favorite White Russian cocktail recipe. Another chance to use my homemade pumpkin spice, especially come Fall, when I use it for all kinds of recipes. Pies, cookies, cupcakes, sure, those are all wonderful. But, sometimes it is nice to just enjoy an adult beverage. So I thought, why not? Pumpkin White Russians just made perfect sense. 

What Exactly Is A Pumpkin White Russian?

If you are not familiar with a White Russian cocktail, then of course a pumpkin white Russian probably does not make sense. So let’s start there. The classic White Russian combines vodka, Kahlua, and cream and is poured over ice in a 8 oz. highball glass. I suppose you could compare it to other cream cocktails, but the Kahlua sets it apart. 

So, if you love a bit of cream in your coffee, then a bit of vodka just adds a wink and a nod and a bit of mischief to the equation, right?

In this case, just to make sure the pumpkin spice sets the center stage, I use pumpkin spice creamer instead of cream.


jars of Kahlua, Pumpkin spice creamer, and vodka

Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Pumpkin spice creamer
  • Vodka
  • Kahlua  
  • Ice



My homemade pie pumpkin spice comes in handy for all sorts of recipes. It is easy to make and stores well too. I have a homemade Kahlua recipe that is super simple you can check out, too.

Looking to cut the sugar in this recipe? Here is a great recipe for a Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer!

vodka, pumpkin spice creamer, Kahlua for pumpkin White Russians

Kahlua, vodka, and pumpkin spice creamer to start. 


How To Make A Pumpkin White Russian

Not too complicated, and the proportions are easy to remember. Two parts Kahlua, two parts vodka, and two parts pumpkin spice creamer. Here, you can get fancy by adding a graham cracker crumbed rim to the glass or get really fancy adding sugar and pumpkin spice rim to the glass, then use a kitchen torch to caramelize the rim. 

Pouring the Kahlua first allows you to build a cool layering effect

adding vodka to a pumpkin white russian

Remember, the Kahlua has booze in it too, so this is actually a cocktail with a bit of an extra kick to it. 

Next, add the pumpkin spice creamer.

Adding pumpkin spice creamer to white russian cocktails

Doesn’t that look wonderful? Now, give it just a bit of a stir if you want to keep some of the color layering. Or, stir vigorously if you prefer. It looks inviting and tasty either way!

pumpkin spice white Russian classic cocktail

The coffee in the Kahlua works wonderfully to balance the sweetness of the pumpkin spice creamer. Thankfully, very balanced for a sweet cocktail. Of course, balance might be an issue after a couple of these, so a bit of extra balance is a good thing, right?

sugar and spice rimmed pumpkin white Russian

Just mix a bit of sugar and pumpkin spice, then lightly wet the rim of an 8 oz. highball glass before you add the ice cubes and the rest of the drink mix. Alternatively, a nice rim of crushed graham crackers looks lovely and tastes incredible!


Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail

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Holiday Cocktail Perfection

Sometimes a little cocktail doesn’t hurt at the holidays, am I right? Family get-togethers can sometimes be sweet and other times a little spicy – just like this fall spiced classic cocktail! This drink is the perfect autumn and winter sipper. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, too!

My good friend Jennifer of Take Two Tapas and Leftovers Then Breakfast rangled a bunch of food bloggers for a Holiday Party. You can find all of the recipes below, just in time to get you holiday party ready!

sugar rimmed glasses with pumpkin White Russian cocktails

Can I Store Pumpkin White Russians?

Want to make pumpkin White Russian cocktails ahead of time? No problem. You can mix all the ingredients and leave out the ice. Then you only have to pour when needed over a highball glass full of ice. The mixed cocktail will actually preserve just fine for weeks as long as you store it in the fridge. 

I honestly don’t think you will be able to keep it that long. Truth be told, I would be more concerned about drinking them down too fast. This is one of those cocktails that goes down easily. And it doesn’t weigh you down with being overly sweet the way some other seasonal cocktails do. (I am looking at you eggnog…)

More Seasonal Cocktails To Enjoy

When it gets to the holiday season, so everyone enjoys a bit of libation now and then right? Here are some ideas:

sugar and spice rim on a pumpkin white Russian

Let’s whip up a couple of these simple and festive Pumpkin White Russians!  M. logo An Affair from the Heart

Overhead of sugar and spice rimmed pumpkin white Russian
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Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail

A Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail creates a seasonal riff on my favorite White Russian cocktail recipe. Made with Kahlua, Vodka, and pumpkin spice creamer, topped with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice before serving. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, kahlua, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin spice creamer, vodka, white Russian
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 601kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 shots Kahlua
  • 2 shots Vodka
  • 2 ounces pumpkin spice coffee creamer
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • ice


  • Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice.
  • Add in vodka and Kahlua.
  • Top with pumpkin spice coffee creamer.
  • Stir. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.
  • Serve.


Serve with a cinnamon stick or rim the glass with graham cracker crumbs for a fun twist!
Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice, and your own Kahlua to make them extra special!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g

It’s time to start planning our holiday parties we all need some delicious and festive recipes to serve! Check out all these amazing holiday appetizers as part of the #FavoritePartyFood blogging event hosted by Jennifer from Take Two Tapas


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  1. Wow, this coffee liqueur is so new to me. This is very interesting! Gonna try this soon! Thank you very much for sharing!

  2. Love a good cocktail during the holidays. The idea of making pumpkin white russian would tastes so good for the fall season. I do have to try this out!

  3. Oh this looks positively sip worthy!! I love the combination of ingredients and the list of party foods makes me want to PARTY!! Can’t wait to give this a go!

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