Salted Caramel “Light” Russian

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Meet the cool cousin of the classic white Russian. This one is made with the usual vodka and coffee liqueur, but swaps the cream for Baileys Deliciously Light, made with 40 percent less calories and sugar.* It features homemade caramel infused with—you guessed it—more Baileys for extra indulgence. Add a bit of flaky sea salt on the rim and enjoy.

*Please Indulge Responsibly. BAILEYS Deliciously Light Liqueur. 16.1% Alc/Vol. Imported by Paddington, Ltd., New York, NY.

Per 2.5 fl. Oz. serving – Average Analysis: calories-139; carbs-9.3g; protein-0.8g; fat-3. g; sugar-7.8g. Compared to Baileys Original Irish Cream per 2.5 fl. Oz. serving: calories-233; carbs-16.1g; protein-2.1g; fat-10.1g; sugar-13.3g. Do not share with anyone under the legal drinking age.


Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup granulated sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

½ cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons kosher salt

Flaky salt, to garnish


Ice, as needed

2 ounces coffee liqueur

4 ounces vodka

2 ounces Baileys Deliciously Light


1. Make the salted caramel sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and ¼ cup water, stirring gently until all the sugar is moist. Bring to a boil over medium-high, cooking until the sugar starts to caramelize and become a dark amber color. Remove from the heat and carefully add the butter and whisk until smooth, followed by the cream, Baileys Deliciously Light and salt. Set aside to cool.

2. Assemble the cocktails: When the caramel is cool, prepare two rocks glasses by lightly dipping half of the rim on an angle into the cooled caramel, letting the excess caramel drip off and then dipping into flaky sea salt. Spoon about 1 teaspoon caramel into the base of each glass and swirl to coat. Fill with ice.

3. Combine the coffee liqueur and vodka in a mixing glass and pour over the ice in the glasses. Top with Baileys Deliciously Light and gently stir before serving.

Note: If making homemade caramel feels like too much work, you can also use a store-bought caramel sauce.

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