Minty White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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Minty 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 Minty White Russian is a refreshing twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. It's a blend of vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, and a hint of mint. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a creamy, sweet drink with a kick. The mint adds a refreshing touch, making it a great choice for a summer evening.

  • Origin: The original White Russian was created in the mid-20th century, but the Minty White Russian is a more recent innovation.
  • Popularity: This cocktail is popular among those who enjoy sweet and creamy drinks.
  • Ideal for: Summer evenings, dessert drink

How Minty White Russian Tastes?

The Minty White Russian is a creamy, sweet cocktail with a strong kick from the vodka. The coffee liqueur adds a deep, rich flavor, while the mint provides a refreshing aftertaste. It's a well-balanced drink that's both indulgent and refreshing.

Interesting facts about Minty White Russian

  • The Minty White Russian is a variation of the classic White Russian, which was named not for its country of origin, but for the vodka it contains.
  • This cocktail is often enjoyed as a dessert drink due to its sweet and creamy nature.
  • The addition of mint in this cocktail makes it a great choice for a refreshing summer drink.


A few good options for Minty White Russian are:

  • Absolut
  • Belvedere
  • Ciroc

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The Vodka (2 oz) serves as the backbone of the cocktail, providing a clean-slate canvas to highlight the other flavors. Too much vodka might overshadow the delicate mint, whereas too little may result in a drink that's too sweet or coffee-forward. If you swap it for another spirit, like rum, expect a heavier, sweeter profile change.

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Coffee Liqueur

Coffee Liqueur (1 oz) brings a rich, deep flavor and sweetness that complements the vodka. Using less will cause the coffee flavor to recede, and more might make it too dominant or sweet. A possible substitute could be espresso or a coffee syrup, but this may alter the sweetness and texture.

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Cream (1 oz) smooths everything out with a velvety texture and richness—think of it as the peacekeeper of the flavor clash. Too little cream and the drink can be too strong, too much can dilute the flavors. A dairy-free alternative like coconut cream could be used for a tropical twist.

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Fresh Mint Leaves

Fresh Mint Leaves (4-6) add a refreshing zest, providing a cool contrast to the warmth of the coffee flavor. Without the mint, the drink would lack its characteristic freshness. Substitute with peppermint extract for an intensified minty kick, but be cautious—a little goes a long way!

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Recipe. How to make Minty White Russian Drink

  1. Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass.
  2. Add the vodka and coffee liqueur.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and top with cream.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh mint for the best flavor.
  • For a lighter version, you can use half-and-half or milk instead of cream.
  • If you want a stronger coffee flavor, you can increase the amount of coffee liqueur.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate-based desserts: The coffee notes of the cocktail complement chocolate exceptionally well, making chocolate brownies or a rich chocolate cake an ideal pairing.
  • Ice Cream: An affogato-style experience can be had by pairing with vanilla or coffee ice cream.
  • Cheese Plate: Opt for milder cheeses like Brie or Camembert, which won't overpower the mint and coffee flavors.

Savory Snacks

  • Crackers with herb cheese spread: The herbal quality of the mint will align nicely with the earthy flavors of the spread.
  • Nuts: Almonds or cashews can offer a pleasant texture contrast and a nutty flavor that goes well with creamy drinks.


  • Choose a light to medium-bodied cigar to enjoy with this cocktail so that the flavors do not overpower one another, aiming for a harmonious smoking and sipping experience.

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What you could change in Minty White Russian

  • Vodka: You can substitute the vodka with any other clear spirit, such as gin or rum.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If you don't have coffee liqueur, you can use a shot of strong, cold coffee.
  • Cream: If you're lactose intolerant, you can substitute the cream with a dairy-free alternative, such as almond milk or coconut cream.

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Espresso Minty White Russian

  • Vodka: 1.5 oz
  • Espresso: 1 oz
  • Coffee Liqueur: 0.5 oz
  • Cream: 1 oz
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: 4-6

Muddle the mint as before, then combine vodka, freshly brewed espresso, and a smaller amount of coffee liqueur. Follow the original recipe for the rest. This version has a fresher coffee taste and less sweetness, offering a more pronounced wake-up call with every sip.

Chocolate Minty White Russian

  • Vodka: 2 oz
  • Coffee Liqueur: 1 oz
  • Chocolate Cream Liqueur: 0.5 oz
  • Cream: 0.5 oz
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: 4-6
  • Chocolate Shavings for garnish

After muddling the mint, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, and both the cream and chocolate cream liqueur. Stir gently, garnish with chocolate shavings and a mint sprig. This delicious twist adds a silky chocolate undercurrent, perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

Spiced Minty White Russian

  • Spiced Rum: 2 oz
  • Coffee Liqueur: 1 oz
  • Cream: 1 oz
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: 4-6
  • Pinch of Cinnamon

Swap out vodka for spiced rum and muddle mint with a pinch of cinnamon. Add rum and coffee liqueur, followed by ice and cream. This twist introduces a warm spiciness that dances with the mint, creating a cocktail with a festive feel.

In case you forgot basics how to make Minty 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.

Learn everything on how to stir

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Minty White Russian

Can the cocktail be made without alcohol?

Yes, you can use alcohol-free versions of vodka and coffee liqueur to create a non-alcoholic Minty White Russian.

Besides vodka, which other spirits pair well with the mint and coffee liqueur in this cocktail?

Many in the community enjoy swapping vodka with bourbon or an aged tequila for a deeper flavor profile.

What's a good alternative if I don't enjoy creamy cocktails, but still want to try a Minty White Russian?

If you're not a fan of creamy drinks, consider using a lighter dairy-free option, like almond milk or a coconut-based creamer. Keep in mind this will alter the original taste to some extent.

Is there a different way to incorporate mint in this cocktail besides muddling?

Yes, besides muddling, you can also infuse the vodka with mint leaves. Let the vodka sit with fresh mint leaves for a couple of hours prior to mixing your cocktail.

Can this cocktail be pre-made and stored for an event later in the day?

For the best flavor and freshness, it's recommended to make the Minty White Russian just before it will be consumed. Pre-making and storing it may result in the drink becoming diluted or the mint flavor getting too strong.

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