Thirsty Thursday: Chocolate Hazelnut White Russian

Because no Valentine’s Day is complete without a chocolate-infused cocktail. This Chocolate Hazelnut White Russian is delicately sweet with a hint of toasted hazelnut.

Chocolate Hazelnut White Russian Cocktail

Carrying on with the Valentine’s Day theme this week, I made you a very boozy, deliciously creamy cocktail spiked with chocolate hazelnut vodka. I must warn you, this cocktail is straight up boozy. It may taste like a milkshake, but I assure you, it’s not.

When you get up on Monday morning after swigging a few of these the night before–because it’s not your first rodeo–and wake up seeing double and your head feels like it’s going to split in half, you can’t say I didn’t try to warn you.

Disclosure: This Chocolate Hazelnut White Russian is indeed a big girl/boy drink. Yes, it tastes a lot like chocolate milk. It’s not.

If you do wake up with a hangover, pop two Ibuprofen tablets, text your boss to let him/her know that you won’t be in, and drag you butt back to bed. It’s the only cure. Well, that and a big, greasy burger with a side of salty french fries.

You know what, if my 75-year old grandmother can knock back four of these and wake up the next day like nothing happened, you’ll be all right!

Chocolate Hazelnut White Russian Cocktail

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Here it is: Amaretto liqueur is the secret ingredient. It lingers in the background all sweet and shy. I made these for my grandmother last Friday to celebrate her move to Chicago, and the first comment she made was, “Oh my, these are really good. What’s that I taste?”

It’s the amaretto! It adds a hint of almond flavor to the cocktail that pairs swimmingly with the chocolate hazelnut vodka.

Four ingredients and a few shakes of the cocktail shaker, and you have yourself a rich, creamy cocktail that goes down easy.

Chocolate Hazelnut White Russian


  • 1 ounce kahlua 
  • 1 ounce chocolate hazelnut vodka
  • 1/4 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 2 ounces half and half


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give the mixture a few vigorous shakes. 
  2. Transfer to a rocks glass filled with ice. 
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