Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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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 Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a fall twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. The White Russian, made famous by the movie 'The Big Lebowski', is a cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream served with ice in an Old Fashioned glass. The Pumpkin Spice version adds a hint of autumn with the addition of pumpkin spice creamer, making it a perfect cocktail for those who love the flavors of fall.

How Pumpkin Spice White Russian Tastes?

The Pumpkin Spice White Russian is creamy, sweet, and slightly spicy. The vodka provides a strong base, the coffee liqueur adds depth and sweetness, and the pumpkin spice creamer gives it a warm, spicy kick.

Interesting facts about Pumpkin Spice White Russian

  • The White Russian cocktail was first created in the 1960s and gained popularity in the 1990s due to the film 'The Big Lebowski'.
  • The Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a modern twist on this classic cocktail, perfect for the fall season.
  • Despite its name, the White Russian has no known Russian origins. The name likely comes from the use of vodka, a popular Russian spirit.


A few good options for Pumpkin Spice White Russian are:

  • Absolut
  • Belvedere
  • Ciroc

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Vodka is the backbone of the cocktail; a neutral spirit that provides a clean, crisp base without overpowering the other flavors. Using 2 oz strikes the right balance, enough to give you a good kick without making it too boozy. If you skimp on the vodka, you'll dull the cocktail's impact. Want to play it up? Choose a high-quality vodka for an even smoother experience.

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Coffee Liqueur

Coffee liqueur adds depth and a touch of sweetness, plus it carries its own 1 oz of caffeine charisma. If omitted, you'd miss out on the signature coffee flavor that complements the pumpkin spice so well. As an alternative, a chocolate liqueur might lend a mocha twist to the mix.

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Pumpkin Spice Creamer

The pumpkin spice creamer is the autumnal soul of the drink, giving it a creamy consistency and seasonal appeal with 1 oz. Use more, and it might become cloyingly sweet; use less, and you'll lose that cozy pumpkin hug. No creamer? Try heavy cream with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice as a backup.

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Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are here to keep things chill. They temper the potency and allow the flavors to mingle gently. Too much ice, and you risk a watered-down disappointment; too little, and your cocktail might be too strong (or too warm!). Crushed ice can make for a fun variation.

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Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is the cherry on top, giving a sweet, fluffy garnish that adds a luxurious handcrafted touch. Without it, the drink is still tasty but lacks a bit of pizzazz. Seeking an alternative? A scoop of vanilla ice cream turns your cocktail into a boozy dessert.

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Cinnamon Stick

Lastly, the cinnamon stick garnish isn’t just for looks; it infuses a slight, gradual cinnamon essence as you sip. Skip it, and no one will send the cocktail police, but the sensory experience won't be quite the same. For a different spin, try grating some fresh nutmeg on top instead.

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Recipe. How to make Pumpkin Spice White Russian Drink

  1. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the vodka and coffee liqueur.
  3. Top with the pumpkin spice creamer.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • For a more festive look, you can sprinkle some pumpkin spice on top of the whipped cream.
  • Make sure to stir the cocktail gently to combine the flavors without making it too frothy.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

A Pumpkin Spice White Russian pairs beautifully with sweet treats, especially desserts that carry notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Think about pumpkin pie, vanilla bean ice cream, or a cinnamon roll.

Savory Snacks

If you're in the mood for something savory, consider pairing with maple-glazed bacon or spiced nuts. The sweetness and spice of the cocktail complement the saltiness of these snacks.


Since this cocktail has coffee liqueur as one of its core ingredients, it can also pair well with a strong brewed coffee or espresso as a non-alcoholic pairing option to enhance the coffee experience.

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What you could change in Pumpkin Spice White Russian

  • If you can't find pumpkin spice creamer, you can substitute it with regular cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.
  • If you prefer a lighter cocktail, you can use milk instead of cream.

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Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin meets latte with a hint of spike. Replace the vodka with spiced rum (1.5 oz) for a toastier feel. Use pumpkin puree (1 tbsp) mixed with heavy cream (0.5 oz) instead of the creamer. Top with whipped cream and a shake of pumpkin pie spice for that barista touch.

Chocolate Pumpkin Russian

A chocolatey pumpkin concoction to satisfy the sweet tooth. Add chocolate syrup (0.5 oz) to the original recipe. The synergy of chocolate, coffee, and pumpkin will be a luscious treat. Swap the cinnamon stick for a chocolate stick to double down on the cocoa factor.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice White Russian

You can still indulge with plant-based ingredients. Go for a dairy-free creamer, like almond or coconut milk pumpkin spice creamer. Use a vodka that's known to be vegan-friendly, and top with coconut whipped cream. A sprinkle of crushed gingersnap cookies will add a nice bite.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pumpkin Spice 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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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 Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Can I use a different kind of vodka for this cocktail?

Yes, you can use any type of vodka you prefer. Keep in mind that the taste of the cocktail may vary depending on the vodka.

What other garnishes can I use?

You can always play with garnishes! Although this recipe calls for a cinnamon stick, a dusting of nutmeg or a clove would also pair nicely with the pumpkin flavors.

What kind of glass is best if I don't have an Old Fashioned glass?

Any short tumbler will work. The key is to make sure there is enough room for the cocktail and the ice cubes.

Is there a preferable time to serve this cocktail?

Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a perfect cocktail for fall and winter gatherings, especially around Thanksgiving. However, feel free to enjoy it whenever you want.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute vodka and coffee liqueur with equal parts coffee and cream for a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail. However, this will greatly alter the taste.

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