How to Make the Best White Russian Cocktail

PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Vodka

Great for

Dinner Party

Difficulty

Easy

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Close up of double cream being poured into a White Russian cocktail

Want to make the best White Russian cocktail recipe ever? We suggest a little inspiration. It’s a movie from the late 90s and it was a massive hit. We’re talking about The Big Lebowski, created by the Coen brothers, starring a much younger Jeff Bridges as ‘The Dude’.  

During the film, he scoffs down nine of these creamy cocktails, but not in a seductive ‘James-Bond-martini’ way we’d like to imagine. Even though the White Russian was created way back in the 60s, it wasn’t until The Dude’s White Russian glugging antics on-screen that this now-iconic cocktail soared to fame. 

Best White Russian cocktail 

If you’re wondering what is in White Russian drink, it couldn’t get simpler. You can make this classic cocktail with just three ingredients in four easy steps, within five minutes flat! This is the perfect nightcap to share, so we suggest you enjoy this cocktail with good friends after an indulgent dinner, watching a movie, and lazing around.

QUICK TIPS

01

Watching your weight? Use milk instead of double cream.

02

Vegan friends at your dinner party? Swap out the double cream for coconut cream or soy, almond or rice milk.

03

In the mood for a milkshake? Omit the ice, add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to a blender, along with the coffee liqueur and vodka, then blitz until smooth, and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

SKYY Vodka
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Coffee liqueur
1
Glug of heavy cream
Maraschino cherry to garnish
Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

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01

Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes

02

Add the vodka and coffee liqueur 

03

Pour over a splash of heavy cream 

04

Serve with a swizzle stick and pop a cherry on top

What makes a proper White Russian recipe

A proper White Russian recipe is deceivingly simple to make, but sometimes the simplest things in life are also the most delicious. If you want to find out how much alcohol is in White Russian then all we can say is that even though it tastes a little like melted coffee-flavored ice cream, it’s actually quite potent with three ounces of alcohol in one drink, so take them slowly. 
 
With only three ingredients, the best White Russian cocktail is packed with good quality.  We suggest a premium vodka like Skyy Vodka and a high-shelf coffee liqueur. When it comes to the cream, make sure it’s proper heavy cream—not the instant whipped kind! 

The best vodka for a White Russian

At two ounces per cocktail, vodka is the star of this nightcap, so it’s important that you choose a high-quality brand, like SKYY Vodka. Because of this vodka brand’s quadruple column-distillation and triple-filtration processes, you can expect a softer taste and a citrusy spice-like scent. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The most popular drink in Russia is Kvas, a non-alcoholic cereal-based beer. One of the most popular cocktails is Yorsh, a cocktail made with beer and vodka.

A White Russian is simple to make. All you need is vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, and ice.

A high-quality premium vodka like Skyy. It’s a grain vodka synonymous with quality, refinement, and style.

If, like us, you drink with your eyes first, don’t stir your White Russians before serving them—allow your guests to do it themselves. These cocktails are totally Instagram-worthy!