Classic White Russian is a decadent cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream poured over crushed ice in a lowball glass. Try my Sugar Cookie Cocktail for another dessert-like adult beverage.

Classic White Russian

This classic drink was concocted in 1949 along with the Black Russian, which is a White Russian without cream. It did not originate in Russia; the name was given because of the vodka in the drink. It is a popular after-dinner drink that became even more popular from the movie, ‘The Big Lebowski’. I also have a Peppermint White Russian that you may want to try.

Classic White Russian in Glass with Ice
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White Russian Ingredients

Ice: This drink is most commonly served over ice; I prefer crushed ice in an old-fashioned or low ball glass.

Vodka: Vodka is the primary ingredient in a classic White Russian. Use your favorite brand to use. If you don’t have vodka around, you could substitute rum (try spiced rum over the holidays), gin, bourbon, or even Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Kahlua: Kahlua is a coffee-flavored liqueur. You could also use a shot of espresso or brewed coffee in place of the Kahlua if the vodka is enough liquor for you.

Heavy cream: Heavy cream is at least 30% fat (as opposed to half and half, which is only 10-18% fat). In a pinch, you could add milk or even coffee creamer.

Ingredients for White Russian in Cocktail Glass unstirred

What does this Drink Taste Like?

This drink does pack a punch, but it is a sippable drink that tastes like an iced coffee for grown-ups. It is a little bit sweet, but not overly sweet. Serve the drink with some chocolate-covered Ritz crackers or chocolate-covered pretzels.

White Russian in Cocktail Glass on Tray

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Classic White Russian

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Classic White Russian is a decadent cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream poured over crushed ice in a low ball glass.


  • crushed ice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua, or other coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce heavy cream


  • To a low ball glass filled with crushed ice, add vodka and Kahlua. Top with heavy cream and stir to combine.

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Reader Comments

  1. Wow that is naughty. Rum? Brown sugar and cinnamon. I want that. Haven’t had a White Russian in years. I need that for tomorrow.

  2. I am wondering if you have a recipe for a drink called a white mink? My uncle used to make it for me every year on my birthday…….it has amaretto, ice cream and cream de cocoa not sure what else. Thank you.

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