Transport your senses to a starlit night around a campfire with a S’mores White Russian cocktail.
This chilled drink is a decadent twist on the creamy drink, blending some of the best flavors of two classics. Rich. Chocolatey. Marshmallowy. A hint of coffee. You can’t get much better than this.
Drizzle chocolate sauce inside your glass and rim the edges with crushed graham crackers. Pour marshmallow vodka, rich chocolate liqueur, and robust coffee liqueur over ice. Then, add a swirl of velvety cream.
Top with golden, toasted marshmallows and savor the magic of s’mores in every sip.
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S'mores White Russian
A sip-able s’mores? Count me in!! I love how this recipe easily takes a classic cocktail to the next level. You can’t miss out on the chocolate and graham cracker-rimmed glass!
What is a White Russian?
The White Russian is a creamy blend of vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream. It was created in California in the 1950s as a twist on the Black Russian cocktail.
This variation on the traditional White Russian includes classic s’mores flavors of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers.
S’mores White Russian Ingredients
This adds the quintessential marshmallow taste to these S’mores White Russians. You can also use vanilla vodka instead, if you have some on hand or prefer the taste!
Choose milk or dark chocolate — whatever flavor you prefer.
Coffee liqueur is part of the classic White Russian recipe. Choose whatever type you’d like! If you want to know more, check out the section below for differences between several major brands.
Heavy cream will give you the dreamy classic White Russian drink. But there are lots of possible substitutes. Check out the section below to learn about your options.
Regular-size ice cubes work best for this drink
Drizzle your favorite chocolate sauce inside the glass before pouring the cocktail ingredients for a beautifully decadent serving option.
Let’s not forget this essential s’mores ingredient! Crushed graham crackers line the rim of each glass.
And finally, a toasted marshmallow tops this White Russian for a flame-kissed s’mores finish.
Coffee Cocktail Lineup: Top Liqueurs
You can choose whatever coffee liqueur you like (or whatever your local store has in stock). If you’re having trouble deciding, here are some deets on leading brands:
Kahlúa is made of rum, sugar, and 100% Arabica coffee. It’s a more sugary, syrupy coffee liqueur — perfect for a dessert-like cocktail taste. It has a rich coffee and buttery flavor.
If caffeine keeps you up at night, this liqueur is a great option for a late-night cocktail. According to Kahlúa’s website, “Kahlúa contains about 100 ppm caffeine, which means about 100ml/ litre of product. So, for a standard 1.5 oz drink of Kahlúa there would be about 5 mg of caffeine. Just to put it in perspective, an 8 oz brewed coffee can contain up to about 200mg of caffeine.”
Tia Maria is a sweet liqueur made of 100% Arabica coffee, vanilla, and Jamaican rum (which is distilled from
Tia Maria doesn’t have readily available caffeine info on their website, so if it’s later in the day, consume at your own risk!
Mr. Black is made of 100% Arabica coffee, Australian wheat vodka, and sugar. It has a more robust coffee kick with less sugar. Mr. Black contains notes of caramel and cacao. If you’re a huge coffee connoisseur, this is the liqueur for you.
With a more concentrated coffee flavor comes more caffeine as well, according to Mr. Black’s website. However, it still has less caffeine than your typical cup of coffee. In their post on Mr. Black coffee liqueur, Bon Appétit estimates that a shot of Mr. Black has similar caffeine content to ½ to ⅓ a shot of espresso.
What Type of Milk to Use
Dairy Options For White Russians
Heavy cream will get you the most creamy, traditional White Russian results. If you want to keep the creaminess but reduce the fat content just a little, you can use half and half. It’s possible to use milk — but just know it won’t be as rich and decadent.
Dairy-Free White Russian Options
You can make dairy-free S’mores White Russians with your favorite non-dairy creamer or milk of choice. Make sure you like the taste of it plain because it will also affect the flavor of your cocktail.
Some options include: full-fat coconut milk, plain non-dairy creamers, almond milk, creamy oat milk, or cashew milk.
How to Make S’Mores White Russians
01) Decorate the glass.
Add decorative swirls of chocolate sauce to the inside of each glass. Dip the rim of the glasses in extra chocolate sauce, and then dip into the crushed graham crackers to rim the glasses.
02) Pour the drink.
Add the ice to the glasses. Pour the vodka, chocolate liqueur, and coffee liqueur over the top of the glasses. Gently pour the cream over the top to fill the glasses.
03) Top and enjoy!
Top with the toasted marshmallows and serve immediately.
S’mores White Russian FAQ
What type of glass should I use?
Double old fashioned glasses are great for this cocktail recipe. You could also use other cups that are similarly shaped.
Can I make this a dairy-free White Russian?
Yes, you can make a dairy-free version of this S’mores White Russian cocktail! Instead of using heavy cream, you can substitute it with a non-dairy alternative like full-fat coconut milk, almond milk, creamy oat milk, cashew milk, or your favorite plain non-dairy creamer.
Will the vodka in a White Russian cause the milk to curdle?
No, the vodka in a S’mores White Russian will not cause the milk to curdle.
Should I mix my S’mores White Russian?
If you want an artistic “swirl” look, you don’t need to mix your S’mores White Russians. But you can stir it if you would like. It depends on your preference!
Why is it called a White Russian?
The White Russian cocktail gets its name from its main ingredient, vodka, which originates from Russia.
What’s the difference between a White Russian and a Black Russian?
The main difference between a White Russian and a Black Russian lies in the addition of one key ingredient: cream or milk. A White Russian is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream, giving it a creamy and smooth texture, while a Black Russian is made with vodka and coffee liqueur only, resulting in a stronger and more intense flavor.
S’more Chocolately S’mores Treats
- Try Peanut S’mores Bars for a gooey treat for a crowd.
- Cheesecake meets s’mores in this S’mores Icebox Cake.
- Serve up fun, personal-sized S’mores Parfaits.
- What could be better than rich, chocolatey Toasted S’mores Cupcakes?
Prefer a hot drink? Try S’mores Hot Chocolate, plain or spiked.
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