2 ounces vodka
1 ounce coffee liqueur like Kahlua
1 ounce heavy cream
Add the vodka and and coffee liqueur to a glass. Fill the glass the ice.
Pour in 1 ounce of heavy cream.
Stir gently to get the swirl effect. Stir a White Russian vigorously and it’s a solidly beige drink. But want to get the swirl effect? Stir it gently just a few times, and the cream will swirl into the vodka and Kahlua in a beautiful pattern. It looks much more impressive!
Step it up and use clear ice! Clear ice is artisanal ice that’s crystal clear, instead of cloudy like normal ice. Cut it into large, organic shapes and it looks like something you’d find at an upscale bar! It’s easy to make: all you need is 24 hour and a small cooler.
Here’s a drink that takes just 2 minutes and hits the spot in any season: the White Russian! This cocktail mixes vodka with coffee liqueur and cream in a decadently creamy, searingly sweet beverage. You may know it from the 1990’s movie The Big Lebowski, but this drink has been around since the 1950’s. It’s a total treat, and couldn’t be easier to make! Here’s what you need to know to make the best White Russian around.
What is a White Russian?
The White Russian is a cocktail made with vodka, heavy cream, and coffee liqueur. It’s a variation on the Black Russian, which mixes coffee liqueur and vodka. The Black Russian cocktail stems back to 1949, when it was created for the American ambassador to Luxembourg in a hotel bar in Brussels (here’s more about that). So the drink is not Russian in origin: it was simply named for the vodka!
Adding cream to make the White Russian cocktail began in 1955 in Oakland, California. It gives the drink a creamy mouthfeel and a richness that’s almost like latte. The White Russian exploded in popularity due to the 1998 cult-classic movie The Big Lebowski. After seeing the main character, “the Dude,” down drink after drink, you’ve got to try it for yourself.