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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?

non alcoholic peppermint white russian garnished with peppermint stick

This Christmas Mocktail recipe is sure to make your season Merry & Bright! I’m not much of a drinker over here, but I still love festive and elegant beverages.

If you’re a fan of White Russians, you’ll also love my Gingerbread White Russian.

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. The Raspberry Daiquiri and Strawberry Mojito are two of my favorites and even though they are more summer drinks, the colors are fitting for Christmas.

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.

  • Vodka
  • 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.

Alcohol substitutions

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.

Key Ingredients:

  • strong brewed coffee
  • vanilla extract
  • peppermint extract
  • heavy cream
  • peppermint stick (optional garnish)


coffee being poured over ice from a jigger.

Step One: Coffee

  • Add a nice scoop of ice to an old fashioned glass.
  • Pour the coffee over the ice
  • Add the extracts.
cream being floated over coffee in a white russian

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!

white russian being gently stirred

Step Three: Stir & Garnish

Give your drink a very gentle stir, and garnish with a peppermint stick.


  1. Use more or less peppermint extract depending on your tastes.
  2. 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.
  3. For an even more festive appearance, dip the rim of the glass in simple syrup, and then in crushed candy canes or peppermints
  4. Simple syrup is just equal parts water and sugar, warmed until the sugar is melted and then cooled. Store in the refrigerator.
two peppermint white russian mocktails garnished with peppermint sticks

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non alcoholic peppermint white russian garnished with peppermint stick

Peppermint White Russian Mocktail

Cold, creamy, refreshing, this is the perfect festive holiday drink! A non-alcoholic version of the classic white Russian, but with a peppermint twist.
4.20 from 5 votes
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 254kcal
Cost: $1


  • 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.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 833IU | Calcium: 37mg
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  1. Thanks Teresa! I’m glad you brought this up, I’ll add a note because sometimes it depends on the extract that you use. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and a rating! 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    Very cool and minty. I would advise starting with half the peppermint extract. I absolutely love mint and still felt the peppermint flavor was overwhelming as written. Still drank it in no time flat!