Salted Caramel White Russian

by | Oct 27, 2020 | Food & Drink

One of the first creamy cocktails I tasted was a traditional White Russian.

It only took that one introduction to fall in love with the flavors of this drink.   This simple ingredient version takes a twist on the well known White Russian and is reminiscent of a Starbucks menu item.  Similar to a caramel macchiato, it is filled with coffee flavor, rich sweet caramel and creamy half and half.

My spouse and I just received a patio drink set from some of our friends and were excited for the air to flip into Fall so that we can enjoy some ‘deck therapy’ without melting in the heat.  (If you follow my columns you know that deck therapy is sitting on the deck and drinking cocktails.)  We broke in the drink set by creating these delicious salted caramel white Russians.  It combines some of my favorite flavors and gives you a little bit of a buzz while satisfying your sweet and salty tooth.  My spouse loves sweets while I prefer salty so this was the perfect combination for us.

Usually I try to keep things pretty healthy but not so much with this delectable cocktail.  On this crisp Fall evening I wanted it to coat my stomach.  You can certainly reduce the calories and cabs by substituting low fat milk instead of half and half or sugar-free caramel sauce.  I, however, see this drink as a dessert so in that case –  Go big or go home right?

Salted Caramel White Russian


1 ounce Caramel Flavored Vodka

1 ½ ounce Kahlua

2 ounces half n half

Caramel Sauce

Course Sea Salt

Garnish with a rosemary sprig


Start by swirling some caramel sauce on the inside of your glass, then add ice ¾ full.

Pour caramel vodka, kahlua, and cream into a cocktail shaker and shake gently to combine.

Pour into glass over ice.

Garnish with a pinch of course sea salt and a sprig of rosemary.

About the author

Sandi Grigg

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of working on the coast. I earned my degree in Marketing/Branding and started to build a life with my spouse and son. Together, we enjoy fishing, going to hear live music and spending time with family. At home I love to cook and write recipes, take on DIY home improvement endeavors and grill out with friends. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has showed me that you really can enjoy your job, and we feel like a family. I am truly grateful to have a career I love.