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The coziest Bad Santa White Russian…for all the festive nights ahead. Homemade cinnamon vanilla simple syrup, mixed with vodka and Kahlúa, plus my seasonal twist… A shot of espresso and a sweet chocolate ribbon – adding just the right amount espresso kick and holiday sweetness. The perfect holiday twist on the classic White Russian cocktail, such a delicious December treat!

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If Christmas had a cocktail it would be this White Russian. It’s got a touch of sweetness, just the right amount of creaminess, and, of course, a good kick to it too.

This one didn’t come to me on my own however. It’s actually a drink made with Red’s girlfriend, Hailey, in mind. She sent me a photo of a drink she’d order in Mexico a few months ago.

It looked and sounded like a White Russian, but with twist. I said I’d save it for December and here we are! I wasn’t able to recreate the exact drink, so instead, I made something I knew that Hail’s would love.

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The steps are easy…and simple!

To make the sweet cinnamon syrup just mix together your classic White Russian ingredients. Then add an extra shot of espresso and some cream.

A little chocolate around the rim gives this drink that specialness that’s most fitting for the holiday season. I have family members who are very excited to try this in just about ten days! A good White Russian is one of their favorites to enjoy each year!

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Lucky for Hail’s, she currently here. So I made mixed her up one last night and she’d gave it her full seal of approval. with the line, I think it’s my new favorite…which is really saying something because she loved the chai martini too.

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Looking for other Christmas drinks? Here are my favorites: 

White Christmas Mojito

The North Pole Cocktail

Spicy Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

Frosted Mistletoe Margarita

Chai Espresso Martini

Lastly, if you make this Bad Santa White Russian, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Bad Santa White Russian

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 1415 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Cinnamon Syrup


  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Kahlua
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) cinnamon syrup Instructions below
  • 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) half and half or cream
  • chocolate sauce and coarse vanilla sugar, for the rim


  • 1. To make the cinnamon syrup. In a medium pot, combine 1/2 cup water, the honey, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This makes enough for 6 drinks.
    2. If desired, rim your glass with chocolate sauce and sugar.
    3. To make the Russian. Fill your glass with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and vanilla syrup. Stir. Add the half and half and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon, if desired. 


Vanilla Sugar: Mix 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped. 
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    1. Hey Kristin,
      Happy Holidays!!☃️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xT

  1. 5 stars
    Merry Christmas! This drink is Christmas in a cocktail! Once the syrup is made, it’s super simple to mix one up while wrapping presents or watching a Christmas movie. I added some extra vanilla to the syrup, and it was delicious! Thank you for another amazing Christmas cocktail recipe!

    1. Hey Cameron,
      Happy Monday!❄️ I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xx

  2. Can you please list the amount and each ingredient in a comment about the cinnamon syrup versus just telling me to see step 1.

    I understand that the syrup in step 1 is for 6 drinks, however amounts of honey, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla are not listed in step 1.

    If you change the number of drinks to 10 at the top which I need, the amount for each ingredient for the syrup changes and it says to use 20 cinnamon sticks, 2.5 cups honey, and 10 tsp of vanilla. Is this correct? Also, do I still use only 1/2 cup of water like it says for 6 drinks or do I increase this amount??

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      The syrup will make 6 drinks–the ingredients call for 1/4 cup of honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup of water. All of this is listed in the ingredient list:)

      The measurements for the syrup for 10 drinks is not going to be accurate since the syrup makes 6 drinks. The calculator really just can’t account for all of this, it’s very basic and standard.

      For 10 drinks, I would just double the syrup recipe…so 1/2 cup of honey, 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of water. That will make enough syrup for 12 drinks.

      I hope this helps! xT

    1. Hi Ann,
      The instructions are for making the syrup are in step 1:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT