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White Russian Cocktail Recipe and variations

Updated on September 6, 2012
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The White Russian Cocktail

The White Russian is a classic cocktail, made with vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream or half & half served on the rocks. It's basically a Black Russian with milk added. This is a popular, simple, classy and tasty drink that's easy to make at home.

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  • 2 oz (60 ml.) Vodka
  • 1 oz (30 ml.) coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua or Bols Coffee Liqueur)
  • 1 oz (30 ml.) light cream or half & half or whole milk
  • couple ice cubes
  1. First, fill an old fashioned glass tumbler with ice cubes. Don't used crushed ice, as it can melt and dilute the drink.
  2. Next, pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the ice.
  3. Stir briskly with a swizzle stick, thoroughly mixing the vodka and coffee liqueurs.
  4. Using a smooth, careful pour, gently top off the alcohols mixture with cream. Do not stir.


Keep in mind, you get what you pay for. In other words, the quality of the alcohol will determine the quality of the drink. Another thing to keep in mind is that cocktails are best served in chilled glasses, so store your glasses in the fridge or pop them in the freezer an hour before your guests are scheduled to arrive. Finally, if you're having trouble evenly pouring the cream to layer on top of the alcohols, then pour it over the back of a teaspoon to give it an even and steady flow.

Variations of the White Russian

Variations of this cocktail include the

  • Black Russian
  • Blind Russian
  • White Canadian
  • White Mexican
  • Anna Kournikova or Skinny Russian
  • White Cuban
  • White Indian.


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    • Ms._Info profile image


      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I've never tried a White Russian before, but it sounds like a drink that I would like because I like Kahlua. Will have to try this.

    • sethpowers profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia

      Feeling like the Big Lebowski already!

    • violet-femme profile image

      Violet Redfield 

      6 years ago from Australia

      'The Dude' would appreciate this post! I love a good White Russian every now and then, but have never made one for myself. I think I just may this weekend....


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