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How to Make the Perfect White Russian Recipe

Updated on October 31, 2019
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Rob is an avid traveller and self-professed 'man of the world'. He is passionate about his home city, Manchester, & travelling the world.

The Dude enjoying his favourite White Russian
The Dude enjoying his favourite White Russian | Source

What is a White Russian

A White Russian is a elegantly simple vodka-based cocktail mixed with coffee liqueur and milk. Ever since watching The Big Lebowski movie during my formative years, I've always had a thing for a good White Russian cocktail. The problem is that the quality of of a White Russian can vary dramatically from bar to bar. What I've found over the years is that no one makes a better White Russian than yours truly. So let me tell you how to make a White Russian as good as any cocktail maker in the comfort of your own home.

This White Russian recipe is so simple that I feel a fraud in calling it a recipe but for a drink with so few ingredients you'd be surprised how many recipes for a White Russian there are out there. So let's get started and take a look at how to make a White Russian drink.

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White Russian Ingredients

  • 35ml Kahlua
  • 35ml Russian Standard Vodka
  • Full Cream Milk
  • Double Cream
  • Ice Cubes

How to Mix a White Russian

A White Russian is traditionally served in a chilled tumbler. Prepare a chilled tumbler and throw in a few ice cubes (don't use crushed ice as this melts too quickly and waters down the drink).

Next add a spirit measure of Kahlua and an equal measure of Russian Standard Vodka (if unsure of what size of measure then go with 25ml to start with). What's important is that you use equal measures.

Next add whole milk until the glass is almost full and give it a good stir.

Add a small amount of double cream to the top of the glass and allow it to be absorbed (don't stir). Serve immediately.

Classic White Russian Drink
Classic White Russian Drink

Useful Tips for the Perfect White Russian

Always use Kahlua in your White Russian recipe and not another product. In my opinion this gives the White Russian it's best flavour and can be the difference between getting a good White Russian and a bad White Russian when ordering from a bar. Some bars will use Tia Maria or even a cheap substitute but for me it has to be Kahlua.

Always use whole milk in your White Russian recipe. If you're on a diet, it's best to just find a more suitable drink. Anything less than whole milk and the overall great taste of the White Russian will be decreased.

Use only a small amount of double cream. You want to give it the richness but you don't want to go overboard and make yourself sick.

Sip your White Russian from the glass instead of from a straw. Trust me, your taste buds will appreciate it.

Make a White Russian and put your feet up and watch The Big Lebowski. And next time you're out and you order a White Russian, make sure you tell them this is how you want it. Keep an eye out to make sure they're using the right ingredients and following the perfect White Russian recipe. Enjoy!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Robert Clarke


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