Cocktails, Drinks, Holiday, Vegan Food

Candy Cane White Russian


Happy Friday! Can you believe I have never made myself a White Russian at home? Actually…. have I ever even ordered one while out drinking? I can’t remember. I feel like I haven’t, because I was already vegan when I turned 19. I think I have been making versions of this over the years with vegan milks, but this Candy Cane White Russian might be the best version of them all!

We just had a huge snow storm and now everything is blanketed in pure white snow (see the photo below) and I can’t think of a more fitting recipe for this snow day: a Candy Cane White Russian!

So, what is this Candy Cane White Russian?

A regular White Russian is a combo of vodka, Kahlua and cream. This one is vodka, Kahlua, a little bit of peppermint extract, a little bit of maple syrup (or any liquid sweetener you like), and vegan cream. I use the Earth’s Own Oat cream which is unsweetened and unflavoured- just like regular cream. However, I can see full fat coconut milk or even just a regular nondairy milk also working well. The finishing touch here is the candy cane rim. I got bulk crushed candy canes at my local bulk store, but if you only have regular full-size candy canes, just put them in a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin.

Perfect for this time of year…

I think if December was a cocktail, it would be this Candy Cane White Russian. It is perfectly pepperminty, with a hint of coffee flavour from the Kahlua, a little kick from the vodka (use a high quality one for best results) and absolutely creamy and luscious from the oat cream. I think this drink is perfect for cozying up with a blanket and rewatching The Holiday for the 80th time. Maybe that’s just me? Can’t be. That movie is the BEST. And so is this festive cocktail. Make sure you have enough of the ingredients on hand because you will definitely be wanting another!

Looking for more holiday cocktails? Try these…

The Citrus Christmas Slush

Vanilla Espresso Martini

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Candy Cane White Russian

  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


The Candy Cane White Russian… a kick from the vodka, a hint of coffee from the Kahlua, perfectly pepperminty and creamy. All vegan of course!


  • 2 shots vodka
  • 2 shots Kahlua
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2/3 cup (approx) vegan oat cream, full fat coconut milk or nondairy milk
  • ice
  • crushed candy cane for rim (optional)


  1. If doing the candy cane rims, rub a small amount of vegan cream on the rim of each glass, then dip and roll in the crushed candy cane until the rim is coated. You can also do it partially if you don’t want it all the way around.
  2. Place a few ice cubes in each serving glass. Add 1 shot of vodka, 1 shot of kahlua, 1/2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp peppermint extract and 1/3 cup vegan cream to each glass.
  3. Stir, then enjoy immediately!


  1. I hope to make this as soon as I can. I’m not a vodka van, but I’ve always wanted to try Kahlua since I heard it was vegan. I just never knew what to mix it with because I don’t normally like sweet stuff. But this may be worth buying a bottle of vodka and trying it out! 😊

  2. Liv you absolutely knocked it out of the park again with this recipe!!

  3. Hey Liv and Greg!
    Would you be able to recommend a substitute for the Kahlua? Kahlua themselves have officially stated that all of their products are not vegan! 🙁
    I really want to try this recipe but I don’t know of a coffee liqueur that is vegan

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