March is a strange month. While we’re still enjoying skiing and hot toddies, we’re also looking ahead to biking and pool season. Since everyone loves a good cocktail, we thought we’d celebrate this transitional month with a sorta-wintery, sorta-springy recipe: A minty white Russian.

This cocktail takes the classic white Russian and puts a spin on it. And while you can make your drink with any type of milk, (cream is typical) we wanted ours to be vegan-friendly and lighter on calories. Since almond milk has a nice nutty flavor, it pairs well with the mint and coffee liquor.

Make this recipe after you’ve left the mountains, when you’re feeling nostalgic, or when you’re celebrating St. Patricks Day.

The Ingredients

  • Vodka
  • Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • Almond milk
  • Mint leaves

Minty White Russian with Almond Milk

While you could make this cocktail with cream de Menthe or mint syrup, we wanted a clean, simple, and light mint essence. Pour almond milk into a pot on medium heat.

minty white Russian Milk step 1

Add your mint leaves.

milk & Mint

Stir around and bring to a gentle boil. You want bubbles around the rim of the pot.

milk & mint 2

Once your milk simmers for 10 minutes or so, pour into a container and let cool in the fridge; about 15 minutes. This process infuses the milk with a light, minty flavor.

Now make your White Russian.

Minty White Russian

  • 3 parts vodka
  • 2 parts Kahlua
  • 3 parts infused almond milk
  • Pour over ice

Minty White Russian with Almond Milk


If you’re staying in Aspen or Ketchum this month, jump into the Limelight’s Lounge for a cocktail, local beer, or custom creation by one of our talented bartenders!

About Kelsey Anderson

Kelsey is a Midwest native who currently resides in Colorado. She spends her weekends hiking, biking, and checking out local eateries. Her favorite things to do in Aspen are hiking around Maroon Bells, jamming at Belly Up, and exploring the latest restaurants.