Salted Caramel White Russian

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This Salted Caramel White Russian, with rich coffee liqueur and a salted caramel rim, is our go-to dessert cocktail.

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Salted Caramel White Russian

I occasionally have a cocktail after dinner – often a White Russian or iced Irish Cream – and wouldn’t it be extra decadent with salted caramel added in? Um, yes!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Caramel sauce – Use a thick caramel sauce. It will stay on the rim of the glass. You can use a caramel syrup but you won’t be able to rim the glass with it.
  • Heavy cream
  • Vodka – Everyone has their favorite right? Use what you like.
  • Kahlua – If you don’t have Kahlua you can use any coffee liqueur. Read up on whether Kahlua goes bad and how long it lasts here.
  • Ice
  • Salt – For the rim of the glass, optional.
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How to Make a Salted Caramel White Russian

If you’ve never made a White Russian before, it’s very simple. It has vodka, Kahlua, and cream in it. It’s typically combined in 2 parts vodka, 1 part Kahlua and 1 part cream. If you’re looking for a very strong drink, then you’ll want to keep that ratio. For me, it’s really vodka heavy, so I use 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Kahlua and 1/2 oz cream mixed with the caramel sauce.

You can use any brand of caramel sauce that you like for this. I prefer to use the Ghirardelli Caramel, which comes in a squeeze bottle. The caramel is thick and creamy, but it’s very easy to mix into the cream.

You can also use a liquid Caramel syrup, like Monins, if you want to, but that can’t be added to the rim, so you’ll miss that aspect.

For the salt rim, be sure to use kosher salt because it’s less salty than table salt. Sea salt has a much saltier flavor, which can be overpowering to this drink. So just add a bit of salt to the rim, rather than packing it on. The caramel is the flavor you want to be prominent.

Salted Caramel White Russian

When you mix the caramel into the cream, add a dusting of salt to give it a little more of a salty aspect. Just don’t overdo it or it’ll be overpowering.

One final note, if you want the cream to stay on top of the drink, to make a perfect layer, pour the cream over the back of a spoon onto the cocktail. I stir mine in, so it doesn’t matter if it’s resting perfectly on top. I actually love to watch the cream slowly incorporate with the liquor.


There are various ways you can make this cocktail. I know quite a few folks who don’t like Kahlua. For them, I trade out the coffee liqueur with Irish Cream (which you can make at home, by the way!). It’s not as dramatically dark in color, but it’s incredibly tasty, especially if you use Bailey’s Salted Caramel Irish Cream.

If you don’t have Kahlua, but still want to give this a try, you can use regular coffee in its place. The density of the liquid will mean that the cream will slip to the bottom of the glass, instead of remaining on top, but you’re going to stir it all together to drink it, anyway.

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Yield: 1 cocktail

Salted Caramel White Russian Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Salted Caramel White Russian, with rich coffee liqueur and a salted caramel rim, is our go-to dessert cocktail.


  • 1 tsp Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 oz heavy cream
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • Kosher salt, for the rim
  • Ice


  1. Rub caramel sauce around the rim of an Old Fashioned glass. Add salt to a flat plate and dip the glass rim in the kosher salt to coat.
  2. Mix the remaining caramel sauce with the cream in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Add the vodka and Kahlua to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Pour over the ice in your glass.
  5. Carefully pour the caramel cream into the glass.


  • To get the cream to stay perfectly on top of the cocktail, pour it slowly over the back of a spoon.

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Nutrition Information:


1 cocktail

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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