Hot White Russian Recipe

The best cozy, warming Hot White Russian Recipe: creamy hot coffee with a little special spike of coffee liqueur and vodka, generously topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder. Super easy to make!

The Cozy, Creamy Hot Drink To Warm You Up: the Best Hot White Russian Recipe!

Back when I used to live in Boston, and even further back when I lived in the boonies of Massachusetts (shoutout to Mount Holyoke College!), I did everything I could to chase the cold away: wear layer upon layers of thick clothing, live near the heater, partake in cocktail libations, and, of course, enjoy a morning hot coffee. Had I known that there was such a thing that could combine all of that? I would’ve jumped right on that train! And by “train” you know I mean drink cart. Think of today’s Hot White Russian recipe as the hot Russian cocktail to warm you up on those chilly nights (and mornings, and afternoons). This amazing hot white Russian recipe includes piping hot coffee, deep, rich coffee liqueur, a splash of vodka, and the creamy milk or cream of your choice. Topped with a thick layer of whipped topping. Need I say more? Let’s make this!

piping hot white russian in a glass with coffee beans

Everything You Need To Make a White Russian Hot

  • Hot coffee
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Vodka: I like to use plain vodka to make my hot white Russian. However, for a special treat, I’ll break out the whipped cream vodka or even a vanilla or birthday cake vodka. That’ll make your hot Russian cocktail nice and dessert-worthy.
  • Milk or cream: one of my favorite creams to use in my cocktails is an oatmilk creamer. It’s deliciously creamy and plant-based.

Do I Enjoy the White Russian Hot or Warm?

Should you enjoy your white Russian hot or warm? Well, that’s entirely up to you! You might prefer your hot cocktails piping hot, or moderately warm. Erik likes his moderately warm as he tends to drink everything too fast and burn his tongue. I like my White Russian as hot as can be so I can slowly, carefully sip and enjoy it.

If you like it hot, just make sure to carefully work quickly. If you like it just warm, you only need to warm the cream/milk ingredient until just warm.

hot white russian in a heatproof glass mug with whipped cream on top

How to Make a Hot White Russian

If you’re totally on point with your morning coffee-making routine, then you’ve got this hot Russian cocktail in the bag!

Make Hot Coffee

Do you usual coffee thing and brew up a fresh batch of hot coffee. Immediately pour into a glass mug.

Pour in…

Now, we add in the fun stuff. Gently pour in coffee liqueur and vodka. Use a heatproof spoon to slowly stir this all together.

Heat Cream

Heat the milk or cream of your choice in a small saucepan over low heat, or in 10-second increments in the microwave. If you’re using the microwave, make sure to keep a close eye on it, so it doesn’t overboil and spill.


Stir your warm cream into the glass mug.

Top, Sip & Enjoy

Top your cocktail with your favorite whipped topping. Optionally, add a dash of cinnamon or cocoa. Sip and enjoy the best hot white Russian recipe!

hang grabbing glass mug of hot white russian topped with cinnamon

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The Hot Russian Cocktail to Get Cozy With

Whether you make this hot white Russian recipe hot or warm, you know it’ll be the perfect temp to get cozy with. Join me by the fire, the couch, or even the pool… as we sip our sumptuously delicious hot Russian cocktail! Leave a comment below, or take a pic of your cocktail and tag me at #beamingbaker so we can chat! I truly can’t wait to hear what you think. ‘Til our next cocktail adventure…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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The best cozy, warming Hot White Russian Recipe: creamy hot coffee with a little special spike of coffee liqueur and vodka, generously topped with delicious whipped cream.



Hot White Russian

  • 6 oz hot coffee
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 12 oz milk or cream


  • whipped cream
  • cocoa powder or ground cinnamon


  1. Pour hot coffee into a glass mug.
  2. Gently pour in coffee liqueur and vodka. Stir to mix.
  3. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until just warm, not burnt or overly hot. Pour into mug.
  4. Gently stir to mix.
  5. Top with whipped cream and cocoa powder or ground cinnamon. Sip and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Drinks, Cocktails
  • Method: Heat
  • Cuisine: American

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