Classic White Russian is a decadent cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream poured over crushed ice in a low ball 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’.
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.
How to Make a Classic White Russian
It is pretty simple to get this tasty drink made. First, fill an old-fashioned or low ball glass with crushed ice. Next, pour in the vodka and Kahlua. Finally, top the drink with heavy cream. It’s a perfect dessert or nightcap any time of the year.
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.
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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.