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White Russian

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Posted: 05/08/21

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Consider a White Russian cocktail an adult milkshake on the rocks with its rich coffee flavor and bold, creamy notes. Vodka, coffee liquor, and heavy cream combine easily to make this classic cocktail that is simple and satisfying! This White Russian recipe is the perfect ratio of the trio of ingredients, and one of the most popular Kahlua drinks!

Glass of white russian cocktail with ice and coffee beans

With just three ingredients, you are able to make two classic and very popular cocktails. By combining vodka and coffee liqueur, a Black Russian is made. Adding a splash of cream or half and half creates the second cocktail, a White Russian. It doesn’t get much easier. Or yummier!

Making white russian cocktail recipe in a glass with ice

White Russian Ingredients

One of the best parts of a White Russian is its ease of constructing and simple trio of ingredients. They are:

  • Good quality vodka
  • Coffee Liquor (such as Kahlua)
  • Heavy cream

If you don’t have heavy cream, you could also use half and half or milk. The thicker options are more popular because they make the drink creamier. Milk is a staple in most kitchens and something most people will have on hand compared to heavy cream but may make the drink thinner. Use almond, oat or soy milk for a dairy-free option.

Glass of white russian cocktail with ice and cream being poured surrounded by coffee beans

How To Make A White Russian

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Pour vodka followed by coffee liquor into the glass
  3. Top with the Heavy cream
  4. Stir gently before drinking and enjoy!
Glass of white russian cocktail with ice and cream being poured surrounded by coffee beans

How To Serve

A White Russian is typically served in a small tumbler, often called an Old Fashioned Glass, on the rocks or with ice. To sweeten your cocktail, add more coffee liquor or cream.

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Glass of white russian cocktail with ice and coffee beans
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White Russian

Serves: 1 drink
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
With its rich coffee flavor and bold, creamy notes, a White Russian cocktail is simple to make and satisfying to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream Can also use half & half or milk

Instructions

  • Pour Vodka and Cofee Liqueur into glass with ice
  • Pour the Heavy Cream around the top, stir before drinking
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
Glass of white russian cocktail with ice and coffee beans

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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