White Christmas Russian

Chill out with a White Christmas Russian.

Are you looking for a great liquid accompaniment for the recent snowfall but do not want a hot beverage? Well then, the White Christmas Russian cocktail is for you. Otherwise known as a white Russian, and sometimes known as a dessert in a glass. As a matter of fact, I think this cocktail is great for two reasons. First it is great for people who do not care for the taste of alcohol. Second it has vegan options that taste awesome!


For this edition of the winter series, I am giving two versions of the White Christmas Russian. First, is a version which uses eggnog and is a bit fancy. Then another that uses coconut milk for our vegan friends, which is my go to drink for casual holiday gatherings.

When making these recipes, the Chiganic crew likes to take advantage of the great local distilleries we have here on the wet coast.

Here are a couple examples of why local is always best:

  • Sheringham Distillery, 2631 Seaside Drive Shirley B.C. V9Z 1G7 Canada.
Sheringham Distillery: Vodka

This coastal Vancouver Island gem, located in Shirley, B.C. is just East of Sooke. It is my humble opinion that the Sheringham Vodka is a “must have” vodka for any aficionado that appreciates a smooth small batch craft vodka. Because who doesn’t love distillers who are passionate about sourcing local organic ingredients and supporting local farms in the process!

  • Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, Vancouver BC V5L 1H6 Canada.
Odd Society Spirits: East Van Vodka

I am a proud East Vancouver resident, so I would be remiss not to give a shout out to the hyper local distiller Odd Society Spirits and their “East Van Vodka”. This small batch vodka is in a class of it’s own because unlike other vodkas it is not a completely neutral spirit. Consequently, it has a very fragrant smell that goes down incredibly smooth.

While the vodkas mentioned above taste amazing on their own. They also both elevate the White Christmas Russian recipes to a new level, that you have to taste to appreciate.

Let’s get mixing!

White Christmas Russian - Martini
This version is for when you want to feel special and festive. Cocktails made for martini glasses always seem to elevate an occasion.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

  • 1 oz Sheringham vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz White creme de cacao
  • 1 oz Eggnog
  • Pinch of nutmeg
Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Next add the liquid ingredients, shake hard for about 20 seconds. Then strain into a chilled martini glass. Finish by garnishing the cocktail with a dusting of nutmeg.

Not an eggnog fan?

Vegan White Christmas Russian
This version is for when you want to have a casual but super tasty drink that is totally vegan friendly.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

  • 2 oz EastVan vodka
  • 1 oz Original Kahlua or 1 oz Kahlua Peppermint Mocha
  • 1 oz Full fat coconut milk
  • Ice cubes


First, fill a glass (highball, old fashioned, etc.) with ice cubes. Next pour the vodka over the ice, and let it settle at the bottom of the glass. Then add the Kahlua to mix with the vodka. Make sure to stir it to help the mixing because Kahlua is a heavy liqueur that will settle at the bottom of the glass. Finally, pour in the coconut milk, but don’t stir! The milk should “float” on top of the dark Kahlua/vodka mixture.

Both Kahlua’s listed in the vegan recipe are great, but the peppermint version (which is vegan too) really puts a Christmas spin on this great holiday drink.

It doesn’t get much easier than the awesome White Christmas Russian.

As usual, always drink responsibly and be sure to arrange to get home safely.

About Geoffrey Bohaker

I've been a journalist on the West Coast for more than three years. One of my passions is meeting with local companies and sharing their stories with my readers. I'm happy to call the city of Vancouver, B.C. Canada as my home. This richly diverse city is abundant with culture, food and drinks, as well as decades of stories. Connect and share your story with me, I would love to hear from you!
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