Chai White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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Chai White Russian Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:20%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Chai White Russian is a delightful twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. The original White Russian, made famous by the film 'The Big Lebowski', is a simple mix of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. The Chai White Russian adds a spicy, warming chai tea to the mix, creating a cocktail that's perfect for cozy nights in. Fans of creamy, spicy drinks will love this cocktail.

How Chai White Russian Tastes?

The Chai White Russian is creamy, spicy, and slightly sweet. The chai tea adds a warming spice that balances out the sweetness of the cream and coffee liqueur. The vodka gives it a strong kick, making it a potent, yet comforting drink.

Interesting facts about Chai White Russian

  • The Chai White Russian is a variation of the classic White Russian cocktail.
  • The addition of chai tea gives this cocktail a unique, spicy flavor.
  • Despite its name, the White Russian cocktail is not from Russia. The name comes from the use of vodka, a popular Russian spirit.


A few good options for Chai White Russian are:

  • Absolut
  • Belvedere
  • Ciroc

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The clean, smooth essence of Vodka (2 oz) serves as a neutral canvas, balancing the rich flavors without overpowering them. Using less might make the drink too mild, while more could overshadow the delicate chai and coffee notes.

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Coffee Liqueur

Coffee Liqueur (1 oz) adds a sweet, deep coffee flavor that complements the chai spices. Less would diminish the coffee presence; more could make it too sweet. A substitute like a chocolate liqueur could offer a different twist, more dessert-like.

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Chai Tea

Chai Tea (1 oz) is the soul of this cocktail, imparting warming spices and a hint of tea bitterness. The concentration is key; too little and you won't taste it, too much could make it bitter. Using a chai syrup could amplify the sweetness and spice if preferred.

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Cream (1 oz) gives the cocktail its signature velvety texture. Too little and the drink feels incomplete, too much can make it overly heavy. Alternatives like almond or oat milk can offer a lighter texture and a dairy-free option, changing the drink's richness.

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Recipe. How to make Chai White Russian Drink

  1. Brew a strong cup of chai tea and let it cool.
  2. In a glass, combine the vodka, coffee liqueur, and chai tea.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Top with cream and stir gently to mix.
  5. Serve with a straw and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Brew the chai tea ahead of time and let it cool in the fridge. This will give you a chilled cocktail without needing to use ice.
  • Use a high-quality vodka for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

Spicy chai notes and sweet coffee liqueur echo in desserts like tiramisu or a slice of vanilla cheesecake. The creamy aspect of the drink complements buttery desserts as well.

Savory Snacks

Pair this cocktail with samosas or savory pastries. The spices in the chai can match well with flavorful Indian snacks, enhancing the overall taste experience.


Bold and rich dark chocolate or a chocolate fondue would make for a heavenly combination, as the bitterness of the chocolate contrasts the sweetness of the drink.

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What you could change in Chai White Russian

  • If you don't have chai tea, you can use any spiced tea.
  • For a dairy-free version, you can use coconut cream instead of regular cream.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spiced Pumpkin Chai Russian

Add a pumpkin spice syrup (0.5 oz) for an autumnal twist. Reduce the chai tea to 0.5 oz to balance the sweetness. This version adds a festive twist and is perfect for fall celebrations, with the pumpkin spice complementing the chai flavors.

Chai Russian with a Kick

Incorporate a small slice of fresh ginger and cinnamon stick as you cool down the chai tea. Strain before adding to the cocktail. This twist adds a refreshing zing and additional warmth, heightening the chai experience.

Vegan Chai White Russian

Swap the cream for coconut milk (1 oz) for a vegan version, adding a tropical note. This will create a cocktail that is less heavy and has a novel coconut twist, which can appeal to those looking for dairy-free options or a lighter texture.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chai White Russian

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Chai White Russian

Can other types of tea be used in the Chai White Russian cocktail?

Yes, any type of spiced tea can work, but chai tea is preferred for its unique flavor profile.

Could this cocktail be prepared as a batch for larger gatherings?

Absolutely! Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need.

How long does it take to prepare this cocktail?

It takes about 5 minutes to prepare if you already have the chai tea concentrated. But do not forget to consider the time it takes for the chai tea to cool down.

Can I add sugar or sweeteners to this cocktail?

If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you could add sugar or any sweetener of your choice. However, remember that the coffee liqueur also has a sweet flavor.

Can I use iced chai tea in this cocktail?

Yes, an iced chai tea will make the drink colder and is well suited for hot summer days.

Are there any options to make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

You can opt for a non-alcoholic coffee liqueur and vodka alternatives, like Seedlip, for a zero-proof Chai White Russian.

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