White Russian cocktail

White Russian cocktail
The White Russian cocktail, an easy-drinking blend of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream was popular during the glory days of 70's disco. Today it has returned to its classic status and is a staple once again.
I prefer using Kahlua or Tia Maria, but alternatives like Baileys can be used too.
The White Russian is a sweet cocktail that became especially popular after the film The Big Lebowski. In the movie, the Dude refers to it as a "Caucasian." The same barman who invented the White Russian at the Metropole in Belgium also created its sister drink – the Black Russian.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Lowball glass


  • 50 ml vodka
  • 50 ml single cream
  • 25 ml coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
  • ice cubes


  • 100 ml milk
  • ½ tsp chocolate shavings


  • Pour in the Vodka, Coffee Liquor and the cream into a cocktail shaker and give a brief shake to thicken the cream and combine the spirits.
  • Add the ice to a short glass.
  • Pour the mixture over the ice.
  • Add the milk (optional) to taste.
  • Sprinkle over the chocolate shavings (optional).
  • Serve.


units: 3


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The first mention of the word "White Russian" in the sense of a cocktail as appearing in California's Oakland Tribune on November 21, 1965.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.