A salted butterscotch white Russian is a tasty fall cocktail using butterscotch schnapps and coffee liqueur. For me, a Kahlúa white Russian is the best autumn cocktail! This cocktail is typically sweet, but with the salty element of the butterscotch it really dials up the flavour. It’s a creamy, indulgent cocktail which is easy to prepare and way too easy to drink!
Butterscotch schnapps drinks are the perfect cocktail to mix up for autumn or the holiday season. This butterscotch drink is made with vodka, coffee liqueur and of course, Buttershots butterscotch liqueur. If you are a fan of butterscotch cocktails or a caramel latte, you will love this one!
Ingredients for Kahlua White Russian
You need just a handful of ingredients for this salted butterscotch white Russian. Butterscotch schnapps (I used DeKuyper’s Buttershots), vodka and Kahlúa (or your preferred coffee liqueur) are the alcohols you use. This holiday cocktail is a white Russian variation on the classic cocktail.
Heavy cream adds extra indulgence while nutmeg adds a warm, earthy, autumn flavour. If you like, you can change the ingredient ratios or swap the heavy cream for light cream or milk. Coconut milk would make a good non-dairy substitution.
Sea salt and butterscotch sauce also go into this tasty fall cocktail. Butterscotch schnapps recipes like this are next level delicious to even describe well enough – you’ll just have to make this dinner drink yourself and see!
How to Prepare Salted Butterscotch White Russian
It’s so easy to make the best autumn cocktail. First you need to put salt and butterscotch sauce on two plates. Dip the rim of a glass into the butterscotch sauce and then roll it in the salt. That gives you a beautiful salted caramel rim for your tasty Kahlua white Russian.
Next, you can add butterscotch sauce (I used Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Dessert Sauce) to the inside of the glass. If you’re using a squeeze bottle, this is already easy. If not, you can put some sauce in a spoon and rotate the glass with one hand as you drizzle it in with the other.
Now just add ice cubes along with the alcohol and cream. Either stir the salted butterscotch white Russian at this point or serve it layered, as you prefer, with some nutmeg sprinkled on top. No cocktail shaker is needed. Serve straight away in an old-fashioned glass!
Variations for this White Russian Fall Cocktail
The classic white Russian recipe uses vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream, while a black Russian cocktail is made with cola instead of the cream. But using butterscotch schnapps and coffee liqueur elevates this tasty fall cocktail into something extra-special. There is something extra special about drinks with butterscotch schnapps!
There are still variations if you want to make the best autumn cocktail with a few tweaks. First of all, you might prefer another coffee liqueur to Kahlúa. Kahlúa is the traditional choice, but you could also use Tia Maria or another one. You could add in vanilla vodka instead of classic vodka. However you make it, you will love this delicious cocktail!
The same applies to the butterscotch sauce. You can use your own favourite type, although this cocktail is much quicker and easier if you have a squeezy bottle. You should be able to find this sauce near the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. The nutmeg can be swapped for cinnamon if you prefer it.
What is Butterscotch Exactly?
You might be wondering what the difference is between butterscotch and caramel. The flavours are so similar, after all. Caramel is made with white sugar while butterscotch uses brown sugar along with butter.
It’s softer and richer in flavour than caramel. Because it’s so rich and sweet, a touch of salt adds a wonderful contrast. So if you like salted caramel, you’re going to love salted butterscotch. It goes so well with this Kahlua white Russian cocktail.
Butterscotch used to be the name of a hard candy with these flavours. However, these days it’s typically a sauce instead. The name isn’t clear to explain. Obviously the ‘butter’ part is but the ‘scotch’ part might mean Scottish or it could refer to the sugar being ‘scorched’. Anyway, butterscotch is delicious and that’s all that matters!
This ingredient can be incorporated into cakes or cookies, used as a cheesecake topping or drizzled over ice cream. And now you know how to make salted butterscotch white Russian too!
How to Serve Salted Butterscotch White Russian
Thanks to its rich flavours, this tasty fall cocktail is perfect for an after-dinner treat. In fact it works as both dessert and an after-dinner cocktail because of its sweetness. Buttershots recipes like this cocktail with butterscotch schnapps combined with coffee liqueur and vodka are a great dessert drink.
Since it only takes about five minutes to make, you can rustle these up when everyone’s finished eating and have them on the table in a flash.
This vodka and Kahlúa cocktail could be served with a small cookie or two on the side. Consider something with butterscotch or salted caramel to echo the flavours. A salted caramel cookie or even a salted caramel whiskey cocktail would be great. But even served by itself, this is a magical drink and perhaps the best autumn cocktail ever. Butterscotch liqueur drinks are perfect for fall and winter!
Salted Butterscotch White Russian Cocktail Recipe
Salted Butterscotch White Russian
- butterscotch sauce ice cream topping, for rimming and drizzling
- Sea salt for rimming
- 2 Oz. schnapps butterscotch such as DeKuyper’s Buttershots
- 1 Oz. coffee liqueur such as Kahlúa
- 1 Oz. vodka
- 1 Oz. heavy cream
- 1 Pinch nutmeg ground
- Pour butterscotch sauce and sea salt onto their own individual shallow plates. Carefully dip top edge of glass into butterscotch sauce, then into the salt.
- Using a squeeze bottle or a spoon, drizzle some of the butterscotch sauce around the inside wall of the glass. Fill glass with ice.
- Pour schnapps, coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream over ice. You can stir to mix the cocktail or leave it layered, depending on your preference.
- Sprinkle a pinch of ground nutmeg over top.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try out this vodka, Kahlúa Buttershots drink. A white Russian with caramel is a drink that will become a seasonal favourite. If you ask me, this is one of the best butterscotch schnapps drinks! Butterscotch schnapps cocktails are delicious!
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