Celebrate this holiday season with a creamy chocolate White Russian, made with luxurious sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup, coffee liqueur, and vodka, it’s an indulgent dessert-worthy cocktail!
This post is sponsored by Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk.
It’s official: holiday party season is upon us.
Upon us or full-blown here? Probably more like it’s here and now and we’re in it.
The lights are up, the cookies are baked, and the presents are wrapped. And you’re juggling all the holiday parties to attend – and host.
And I KNOW, you’re looking to host the party that has all the easy appetizers (because you know you’re not going to stress yourself out) and an easy signature cocktail.
One that’s festive, fun, fancy-ish. One that will wow.
Insert: Chocolate White Russian.
What is a Chocolate White Russian?
I guess we should start with “what is a White Russian” first, huh?
The classic White Russian ingredients are as follows:
- Coffee Liqueur
- Cream (or milk, or half-and-half)
Easy enough, huh?
But a White Russian with CHOCOLATE? The chocolate syrup takes it to the next level!
I like to think of it as a mix between a chocolate martini and a mocha martini (I’m not sure mocha martinis are actually a thing, but this could be the next mocha martini recipe, too).
How to Make a White Russian Creamy
There’s also another key ingredient in this recipe. One that takes it to a whole other level of luxurious and creamy and indulgent (i.e. PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS).
It’s Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk.
Forget the cream this time around, sweetened condensed milk brings an extra indulgent creaminess to this cocktail, along with a touch of sweetness, making it perfect for the holidays.
I absolutely love Eagle Brand® because it’s made with just two ingredients: sugar and milk. And you know how I feel about real ingredients. WIN.
Which Liqueurs Should I Use in This Cocktail?
First things first: you’re going to need vodka.
You’ll also need a coffee liqueur. This is where the coffee flavor comes from (and why I also think of this as a mocha martini).
If you’re looking to mix things up a little – or like your cocktails even sweeter, you can use a vanilla vodka (or hey, chocolate it up more with a chocolate vodka).
Personally, the vodka and chocolate syrup combination that I decided on is my favorite way to go (again, real chocolate beats all), but I’m all about using what you have (and love!).
You could also up the chocolate game by using a chocolate liqueur. I tested the recipe using a chocolate liqueur, a creme de cacao liqueur. Both of which are super similar – ahem, chocolate.
How to Make a Chocolate White Russian
Are you ready for how easy this is going to be? How quickly you’re going to be the hostess with the mostest? Ok, good, let’s get to it.
- Place several ice cubes in a cocktail shaker – it doesn’t need to be filled with ice.
- Using a shaker will help the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup incorporate the best!). No shaker? Not a problem, fill a larger glass with several ice cubes, and we’ll just mix it up.
- Add the vodka and coffee liqueur to the shaker.
- Next goes in the Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk and chocolate syrup (add it in here so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the shaker!)
- Shake, shake, shake. But not too hard, you don’t want to chip the ice. Just enough to get it all creamy and incorporate the ingredients.
- Pour the cocktail into a martini glass or an old fashioned glass (or heck, any glass you can drink from will work if we’re being real. ;).
- Garnish with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, or rimmed glass. Wait, I can’t forget…
How to Rim a Glass with Cocoa and Sugar
If you want to take your presentation to an elite level, go ahead and garnish the rim with a sugar and cocoa mix. It will look fancy, and no one has to know just how easy it is.
- Stir together cocoa powder and raw sugar. The raw sugar is important because the larger sugar granules won’t dissolve in the water. Pour it onto a plate – one with edges works well.
- Run a small amount of water along the rim of the glass. You could also use simple syrup if you have it on hand.
- Dip the rim of the glass in your cocoa sugar mixture until coated. Then pour in your cocktail!
And just like that, you are holiday party-ready, with an elegant (and oh so easy) cocktail to serve your guests!
Looking for some sweet treats to serve with your Chocolate White Russian? Check these out:
- Mocha Brownies
- Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
- Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Stars
- Dark and White Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate White Russian
- 3 tsp sweetened condensed milk
- 3 oz. coffee liqueur
- 3 oz. vodka
- 2-3 tsp chocolate syrup
Optional: Chocolate Glass Rim
- 1/4 cup sugar in the raw
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- See steps for garnishing the rim first, if you choose to do so.
- For the cocktail, place several ice cubes in a cocktail shaker; it does not need to be filled to the top. Add the vodka and coffee liqueur to the shaker. Next, add in the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup.
- Cover and shake gently; do not shake too hard or the ice will break. Once the ingredients are fully incorporated, pour into your prepared martini glasses (or an old-fashioned glass) and garnish with additional chocolate shavings, as desired.
Optional Chocolate Glass Rim
- Stir together cocoa powder and raw sugar in a small bowl. Pour mixture onto a plate - one with edges works well. Using your finger, rub a small amount of water along the rim of the glass. Turn the rim down into the sugar mixture until coated. Set aside.
This recipe is part of our Date Night Recipes to Love roundup. Check it out!