Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail
Nothing screams fall in the United States like pumpkin spice! Pumpkin season marks the start of sweet drinks, comfort food, chunky sweaters, and all the flavors of fall, including cinnamon, allspice, star anise, cloves and ginger. These spices, in all their glory, combine with pumpkin to create the most heartwarming recipes. And this Russian White […]

Nothing screams fall in the United States like pumpkin spice! Pumpkin season marks the start of sweet drinks, comfort food, chunky sweaters, and all the flavors of fall, including cinnamon, allspice, star anise, cloves and ginger. These spices, in all their glory, combine with pumpkin to create the most heartwarming recipes. And this Russian White Pumpkin and Spice Cocktail recipe checks all the fall boxes!

Russian Pumpkin Spice Cocktail with Steel Dust Vodka
Russian Pumpkin Spice Cocktail with Steel Dust Vodka
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What is a Russian white cocktail?

White Russian is a delicious vodka-based drink that should be a bar staple and has been loved by many - especially after its popularization in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. A basic measuring drink with three equal parts of vodka, cream and coffee liqueur (as Kahlua), it lends itself to a wide range of variations. White Russians are usually served over ice in a lowball glass, also known as rock glass or old fashioned glass.

Historically, one wonders who came first, the white Russian or his close relative, the black Russian. Some describe the fact that a black Russian is just a white Russian without cream and others would say that a white Russian is a black Russian with cream. It is also disputed as to when and who invented it, but generally this drink was first conceived between the 1930s and 1950s.

Russian white creamer with pumpkin spices
White Russian Cream with Pumpkin Spice

As for the White Russian, you can easily use a variety of flavors as well as different types of cream. For example, pumpkin spice cream for an autumn feel or Irish cream for a different flavor and even chocolate milk instead of cream. The ways to customize a White Russian are many and quite fun to experiment with, especially since the basic cocktail is so delicious.

There are variations for all preferences, so it's fitting that we share a fall-inspired version of this drink at this time of year!

Shaken or agitated?

It depends on your personal preference, but adding all the ingredients to a shaker with ice will give the cream a little foam when poured into a glass. Alternatively, you can add the vodka and coffee liqueur to a glass with ice, then pour the cream into the glass to layer the contents of the cocktail then stir and serve.

How to make a Russian cocktail with pumpkin and spices

Fall isn't complete without all of the pumpkin recipes, including one type of pumpkin spice drink, whether in latte or cocktail form. You really want to add it to your fall cocktail list!

Russian cocktail with pumpkin and spices
Russian cocktail with pumpkin and spices

Making this pumpkin cocktail is very easy and only requires a few ingredients: Steel Dust vodka, coffee liqueur, and pumpkin spice cream.

You can find pumpkin spice cream in almost any store this time of year, so it should be easy to get your hands on. You can also make your own pumpkin spice cream by simply combining a homemade pumpkin spice syrup (we love this recipe) with heavy cream.

If you're feeling a little fancy or entertaining, you can top your cocktail with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. And don't forget the toppings! We love to garnish this cocktail with a stick of cinnamon or whole star anise, but this is the perfect opportunity to get a little creative. You can add vanilla or brown sugar, or add other sugar spice mixes if you prefer the sweeter side of life as well.

Steel Dust Vodka is distilled in San Antonio, Texas, using locally grown corn. We're big fans of local Texas brands and we love supporting Texas businesses, so partnering with Steel Dust Vodka to share this cocktail with our readers was a no-brainer. The name 'Steel Dust' is a tribute to a champion racehorse, hence the image of the horse on the label. You can read more about the legend HERE.

Steel dust vodka
Steel Dust is the perfect vodka for Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Steel Dust vodka is very sweet! This is due to the process of distillation several times in copper column and small batch stills. Because it's so sweet, this vodka is perfect for martinis and cocktails. And it's absolutely amazing in this Russian Pumpkin Spice White cocktail.


We hope you enjoy this Russian cocktail recipe with pumpkin and white spices. It will quickly become your favorite fall cocktail.

If you love pumpkin as much as we do, check out some of our other pumpkin recipes:

Stay tuned for a few upcoming recipes, including the Pumpkin Ravioli with Parmesan Sage Cream Sauce and the Pumpkin Mascarpone Cheesecake.

Russian white with pumpkin spice cream
Pumpkin Spice White Russian - The Ultimate Fall Cocktail

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