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Prancer’s Eggnog White Russian Christmas Cocktail

Three white russians, with golden ornaments around.


Prancer’s Eggnog White Russian is the Christmas cocktail of the year! It’s simple with just eggnog, Kahlúa and vodka, but the flavor is boozy, creamy and deliciously coffee-y! Serve it cold as traditionally, or serve it hot to warm you right up on the coldest of days.


Christmas is all about the cozy, right! That’s why I wanted to share a way to serve this eggnog white Russian hot as well. It is equally easy, although a saucepan extra to clean but you don’t have to make sure you have ice cubes on hand. Either way, this cocktail screams Christmas. 


Person with grey knitted sweater holding a cup of warm eggnog white russian.


If you want to sip on this cocktail while baking or making something Christmassy, I can totally recommend Norwegian gingerbread cookies or Christmas men cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, or peppermint cream cheese truffles. Can’t you just smell the Christmas action?


What is a White Russian Cocktail?


A White Russian is a Black Russian cocktail with added cream to it. The Black Russian was invented in 1949, but the White Russian didn’t become popular until the late 60s. Neither the Black nor the White Russian are from Russia, but they are called Russian because of the vodka. 


The White Russian also became popular in the late 90s because of the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski drank it throughout the movie.


Black and white cocktail garnished with cinnamon stick and star anise.


What is the difference between a white and a black russian?


As mentioned, a White Russian is just a version of a Black Russian. A Black Russian is a cocktail consisting of vodka and coffee liqueur, and a White Russian also has cream. 


White russian ingredients


In case you skipped right to this paragraph, the White Russian has just 3 simple ingredients:


  • Vodka
  • Kahlúa (or any coffee liqueur)
  • Heavy cream


It was originally made 1 part of each ingredient, and let me tell you – that sh*t is strong! My version is perhaps a little less Russian and a whole lot more delicious. 


Three white russians with coffee at the bottom. Lights around.


Do I have to use heavy cream?


Trick question!


I’m not even using heavy cream in this White Russian (well, kind of). No, you don’t have to use heavy cream. You can use eggnog, milk, almond milk, whatever milk you want – but for this recipe you need to use eggnog as the creamy base or else Prancer will get really disappointed. 


Santa’s Reindeer Eggnog Recipes


As you may know, each year I make one new eggnog recipe and name it after Santa’s reindeer. This year I’m keeping it simple with this Eggnog White Russian, the perfect Christmas cocktail! You can serve it either warm or cold, depending on the mood and the temperature!


  • 2017: Dasher’s Creamy Eggnog, the base of all my eggnog recipes, and it’s not a recipe to be missed! So rich and creamy, and super easy too!
  • 2018: Vixen’s Eggnog Cookies with a luscious maple frosting, perfect to dip in this White Russian Cocktail!
  • 2019: Blitzen’s Christmas Pavlova with whipped eggnog and cherry sauce, so lovely and easy to make ahead so it’s perfect for entertaining guests.
  • 2020: Let’s welcome Prancer’s Eggnog White Russian! A boozy, creamy, coffeey masterpiece.
  • 2020 bonus: Since 2020 has been quite a year, I’m also making a fun twist on the quarantine-made-popular-dalgona: Cupid’s Peppermint Eggnog Dalgona. Easy and very delicious.


Eggnog white russian garnished with cinnamon stick and star anise. 


If you have any good ideas for next year, I’m all ears, but right now you’ve got some serious eggnog-making to do! 


Prancer’s Eggnog White Russian Christmas Cocktail


Start by making the eggnog. Yes, I 100% prefer homemade eggnog and it is so easy too so just do it. Dasher’s Creamy Eggnog is perfect for this. Just keep it non-alcoholic if you want to add the vodka.


Next, find a whiskey glass or something similar and fill it with ice cubes. Pour in vodka and Kahlúa and give it a stir. Pour non-alcoholic eggnog over. Easy peasy! 


You can shake the eggnog a little to make it thicker for it to stay on top of the Kahlúa, but you could also use a spoon upside down and pour the eggnog over (like a classic Irish coffee!). Or simply just pour it in, stir the cocktail and forget about the ombre effect.


Pouring eggnog on the backside of a spoon into the cocktail.


Serve it hot for the coldest of days


To serve it hot, pour the eggnog into a saucepan and warm it on low heat. Stir occasionally. Take it off the heat and stir in coffee liqueur and vodka and serve in your favorite cup.



What would you prefer? Cold or a hot white Russian? 


Person with grey, knitted sweater holding one hot and one cold version.


Did you like this Eggnog White Russian? Here’s more coffee recipes I think you will love:



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Three white russians, with golden ornaments around.

Prancer's Eggnog White Russian Christmas Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Prancer's Eggnog White Russian is the Christmas cocktail of the year! Boozy, creamy and coffee-y with just simple eggnog, Kahlúa and vodka.


  • 1 oz vodka (2 tbsp)
  • 1-2 oz Kahlúa (or any coffee liqueur, 2-4 tbsp)
  • 4 oz eggnog* (preferably non-alcoholic, 8 tbsp)
  • Optional garnishes: freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon stick, star anise


  1. Prepare eggnog, preferably Dasher's creamy eggnog without the alcohol, but any eggnog you like is great.
  2. In a whiskey glass, add ice cubes then pour vodka and coffee liqueur over. Give it a stir.
  3. Pour in eggnog. You can shake the eggnog to make it thicker so it easily floats on top of the drink, or you can pour it over the backside of a spoon so it floats a little easier over, but you can also just pour it in and stir and forget about the ombre effect. Garnish, if desired. Easy and delicious!
  4. Serve it hot: In a saucepan over medium heat, warm eggnog until it's steaming. Take it off the heat, stir in coffee liqueur and vodka and pour into your favorite mug!


* A traditional White Russian has equal parts coffee liqueur, vodka and heavy cream, but I find that too strong. This is my preference!

Again, here's the recipe for homemade eggnog.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 4.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 19.2gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 18.4gProtein: 2.8g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, estimate for informational purposes only.

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