This Peppermint White Russian Mocktail is the perfect festive drink for the Christmas season. It’s cold, creamy and refreshing. Can’t you just see yourself fireside sipping on this while watching a Hallmark movie?
Often the problem with Mocktails is the only thing left out is alcohol so you’re left with a sugary overly sweet drink. You have to make sure you have the right substitutions so you still have a balanced and flavorful drink.
For more on how to make a great Mocktail, check out these Easy & Popular Mocktail recipes.
What’s in a White Russian?
In order to make a great non-alcoholic version, we need to know what’s in the traditional cocktail.
- Coffee Liqueur (such as Kahlua)
- Heavy Cream
White Russians are cool and creamy with a hint of sweet. Kind of like an iced coffee flavor, but with a little more comfort and a little kick.
There isn’t really a good substitute for Vodka, you can use water if you need to thin something out, but in this case, I would recommend omitting it.
For the Coffee Liqueur, use strong brewed coffee with some vanilla extract added to it.
Heavy cream stays as is, but if you want a lighter version you can use half and half, milk, or nut milk.
How to make a peppermint white Russian mocktail
- strong brewed coffee
- vanilla extract
- peppermint extract
- heavy cream
- peppermint stick (optional garnish)
Step One: Coffee
- Add a nice scoop of ice to an old fashioned glass.
- Pour the coffee over the ice
- Add the extracts.
Step Two: Float the Cream
In order to “float” cream, hold a spoon with the bottom facing up, over the glass. Gently pour the heavy cream over it. Notice how the cream sits on top of the coffee? That’s what we’re going for.
You’ll look like a master mixologist to all your guests!
Step Three: Stir & Garnish
Give your drink a very gentle stir, and garnish with a peppermint stick.
- Use more or less peppermint extract depending on your tastes.
- For a sweeter version add just a bit of simple syrup, sugar, stevia, or sweetener of choice. I love the Now brand of Better Stevia, they make a vanilla flavor that’s fantastic.
- For an even more festive appearance, dip the rim of the glass in simple syrup, and then in crushed candy canes or peppermints
- Simple syrup is just equal parts water and sugar, warmed until the sugar is melted and then cooled. Store in the refrigerator.
More Great Mocktails
- Sparkling Cider Sangria
- Coconut Creme Mock Martini
- Pink Grapefruit & Pomegranate Soda
- Strawberry Mojito Mocktail
Peppermint White Russian Mocktail
- Old Fashioned Glasses
- smal spoon
- 2 ounces strong brewed coffee
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 ounces heavy cream or a little more to fill the glass
- 1 peppermint stick optional garnish
- Fill the glass with ice
- Pour the brewed cold coffee over the ice
- Add vanilla and peppermint extracts
- "Float" Cream over the coffee. Stir very gently, add a peppermint stick as a garnish. Enjoy!
- Add more or less peppermint extract depending on your tastes. Note that there is a difference between Peppermint and Mint extracts. The strength can also vary by brand.
- If you don’t want to float the cream, you can just pour it in and stir. Alternatively, you can mix it all in a cocktail shaker.
- If you like a bit of sweet, add some simple syrup, sugar, or sweetener of choice.
- Half and half, milk, or nut milk can be substituted for the heavy cream.
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