Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

White Russian – A Cocktail Classic

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A classic cocktail that comes together with just 3 ingredients. Cool and creamy, it’s a perfect stand in for dessert or anytime you want a smooth, easy to drink cocktail.

Kahlua, cream, and a bit of a kick from vodka makes this a decadent but easy to make drink. Always popular, the drink rocketed to stardom with the help of the film, ‘The Big Lebowski’.

I like to leave the layers of Kahlua and vodka on the bottom, and sip the drink through the cream. Of course you could just stir the entire drink to completely mix it together. I like using a short glass straw to do double duty as a swizzle stick and sipping straw.

White Russian Cocktail Recipe

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce KahlĂșa
2-3 ounces heavy cream

In a double old fashioned glass half filled with ice:
Add the vodka and KahlĂșa.
Top with the heavy cream and stir.

For a seasonal variation, make sure to try our Pumpkin Spice White Russian.

Browse all of our cocktail recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

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