Add Holiday Spin to White Russian With the Minty Irishman
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Minty Irishman: A Festive, Whiskey-Infused Spin on the White Russian

Minty Irishman

The Minty Irishman is a peppermint white Russian using Irish whiskey instead of vodka. However, if you don’t have Irish whiskey, bourbon will work as well.

Between the fun candy cane rim and the flavor — it tastes identical to mint chocolate chip ice cream — this cocktail is sure to be a hit at any holiday party, or even just for you on Christmas morning.


2 oz Irish Whiskey or Bourbon
2 oz Kahlua
*4 oz Half & Half
*1 dash Peppermint Extract
Chocolate syrup
Crushed Candy Canes

*You can sub the peppermint extract and half and half with peppermint coffee creamer, but using extract and a half and half gives the drink a more authentic flavor.


The key to making this drink successfully is using two glasses. Use one for making the drink and pour it into your drinking glass. I used a cocktail shaker and poured the finished drink into your drinking glass with the dark chocolate/crushed candy cane rim.

Step 1: The rim

Minty Irishman

Dip your drinking glass into a bowl with the chocolate sauce, then immediately take it out and dip it into the crushed candy canes.

Step 2: The drink

Minty Irishman

Put some ice in the glass or shaker you are making your drink in. After that, add your whiskey, Kahlua, half and half and peppermint extract.

Step 3: Shake!

Stir your glass or shake the cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients. Pour into your drinking glass and enjoy!

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Madison Kopta is an editor at Whiskey Raiders. As a Northern California native and mom of four, Madison spends much of her time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. From camping to keeping an eagle eye out for Bigfoot, you can find Madison in nature, enjoying a glass of whiskey with her husband.