This tasty twist on a classic White Russian cocktail adds the sweetness of caramel with a hint of flaky sea salt, making it an indulgent after-dinner drink.

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Classic White Russian cocktail flavored with salted caramel.

About Salted Caramel White Russian Cocktail

An elegant cocktail, the White Russian is a stunning drink – and very easy to make. Shots of vodka and coffee liqueur mix with heavy cream, creating a swirling two-toned effect that’s prefect on it’s own or as a desert cocktail.

And when you add salted caramel to the mix? It’s like having a delicious iced coffee, but with the sweetest type of kick.

Can you use caramel syrup instead of caramel sauce?

If you can only get your hands on caramel sauce, fear not! You can substitute it in this recipe, but you should reduce the amount by half. Caramel syrup is going to be sweeter and more potent than caramel sauce, so it’s safer to start off using less and only add more after taste testing.

Drizzling caramel over a White Russian cocktail.

Can you use salted caramel Kahlua?

Yes, salted caramel Kahlua exists, and yes, you can totally use it in this cocktail!

But keep in mind that when using flavored Kahlua, you may want to start off using less caramel and flaky sea salt. Adding too much could ruin your drink. Plus, you can always add more of either after you’ve done a taste test.

How to measure this Cocktail

This cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.”

This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.

For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)

This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.

For this specific recipe, since it’s made in a single shot glass, for every “part” you would divide that by 1 shot glass to understand the amount to use. So since there are 3 parts to this recipe, you can interpret the measurement of each ingredient by being 1/3 of the shot glass.

Old fashioned shot glass filled with White Russian on a tray with caramel cubes.

What are the exact measurements for one drink?

Only want to prepare one drink? No problem! Just grab a short cocktail glass and use the below measurements, then follow the same preparation instructions in the recipe card.

  • 1 tablespoon salted caramel sauce
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz heavy cream

You can also select “Metric” measurements in the recipe card below to see these numbers.

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Notes & tips for making this White Russian

  • If you can track down salted caramel sauce, feel free to use it. Just remember that you may want to skip adding flaky sea salt garnish.
  • If consistency matters to you, and especially if you prefer not to stir drinks like this, consider using caramel syrup over caramel sauce (and see the notes above about measurement changes). Caramel sauce will clump in liquid while caramel syrup will not.

How to make a salted caramel white russian cocktail

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a short cocktail glass, add some ice, filling it up about halfway. Drizzle caramel sauce along the sides of the glass.

Step 2 – Pour vodka and Kahlua over the ice.

Step 3 – Holding a spoon upside down over the mouth of the glass, pour the heavy cream over the spoon so that the cream drizzles down to the glass.

Step 4 – Drizzle with more caramel sauce and garnish with flaky sea salt.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Classic White Russian cocktail flavored with salted caramel.
5 from 1 vote

Salted Caramel White Russian Cocktail

5 mins prep
397 kcal
Yields: 1 drink
This tasty twist on a classic White Russian cocktail adds the sweetness of caramel with a hint of flaky sea salt, making it an indulgent after-dinner drink.



  • Fill a short cocktail glass halfway with ice.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce around the inside of glass.
  • Pour in vodka and Kahlua.
  • Hold a spoon over the mouth of the glass, upside down. Very slowly, pour the heavy cream over the back of the spoon so that the cream slides off into the glass.
  • Serve immediately with flaky sea salt and more caramel sauce as garnish (optional).


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy