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Classic White Russian spiced up with homemade coffee and chai syrup. The ultimate holiday drink that everyone will love.

Dirty Chai White Russian

Rachel Riesgraf
Dirty Chai White Russian is a soul-warming holiday drink everyone will love. Classic White Russian spiced up with homemade coffee and chai syrup.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 5 drinks


Dirty chai syrup:

  • 16 ounces strongly brewed coffee (about 2 cups)
  • 4 chai tea bags (I used Tazo)
  • ¼ cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

One Dirty Chai White Russian:

  • 3 ounces dirty chai syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces Kahlua
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces heavy cream


  • To make the dirty chai syrup, add chai tea bags to the freshly brewed (and still hot) coffee. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes, then discard tea bags. Add the honey and vanilla and whisk together (warm the coffee in the microwave if it's not still hot enough to melt the honey). This makes enough dirty chai syrup for about 5 drinks.
  • To make one White Russian, place ice into a short glass. Add dirty chai syrup, Kahlua, vodka and heavy cream; stir together. If desired, garnish with a star anise and cinnamon stick.


*If your coffee isn't freshly brewed or really hot, heat it back up in the microwave or on the stove. If heating on the stove, be careful not to burn the coffee. 
For 1 ounce, I just used a standard shot glass.
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