If you are a coffee lover and you’ve never had a White Russian, then you are sorely missing out! A White Russian is like a creamy, boozy latte that you serve over ice. Some folks swear it tastes like chocolate milk, others say it tastes like a creamy coffee house drink, and I say it tastes delicious either way!
The best part of a White Russian is that it takes only three ingredients to make it—coffee liqueur (AKA: kahlúa), vodka, and heavy cream. It sounds too simple to be delicious, but magic happens when you combine those ingredients, and we’re going to teach you how to be a bartending magician! Let’s get mixing.
What is a White Russian?
A White Russian is a chilled cocktail of vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream served over ice. It only needs a few ingredients, and takes just a minute to mix up. Plus, a White Russian tastes like a boozy latte or coffee milkshake—what’s not to love?
How strong is a White Russian?
There are two shots of alcohol in one small low-ball glass, so it’s pretty potent! Watch out for this one!
What alcohol is in it?
You’ll need both vodka and kahlua for this one. The vodka makes up the bulk of the drink, but all the coffee flavor goodness comes from the kahlúa. You can buy a bottle of coffee liqueur, or you can go ahead and make your own kahlua—it is easier than you would think!
How do I make a White Russian?
Are you ready for how simple this is? Leave the cocktail shaker on the bar—you won’t need it!
- Pour some vodka and kahlua over ice in a low-ball glass.
- Top with heavy cream and stir.
That’s seriously it!
Can I make a White Russian with milk?
You can, but it won’t be quite as thick or creamy. If you don’t want to use heavy cream, we recommend using whole milk if you can grab it.
Swapping in flavored coffee creamer for the whole milk is a fun way to make White Russians more festive for the holidays.