White Russian Recipe
The White Russian was once a not-so-well-known cocktail; that all changed when The Dude came along. The White Russian was first mixed up back in 1949 when Gustave Tops, a Belgian bartender, dreamt up two luxurious cocktails, the Black and the White Russian. The difference? Well, the Black Russian lacks the indulgent cream. The White Russian exploded in popularity due to the 1998 cult-classic movie The Big Lebowski. This incidentally is where we learned about this drink! After seeing the main character, “the Dude” down drink after drink…you’ve got to try it for yourself. And thanks to the film becoming a cult classic over time, millions of The Big Lebowski fans have come to appreciate the White Russian, which ultimately saved it from extinction.
We're sure you're bound to love this white russian recipe. It's a pretty generous amount of cream, so if you're looking for a lighter way, you can try the white russian recipe with milk.
Today, as the drink has made a sweet comeback, there are dozens of White Russian riffs. For example, the White Mexican uses horchata instead of cream, the Dirty Russian swaps in chocolate milk for cream, the White Belgian uses chocolate liqueur instead of coffee, the White Canadian uses maple whiskey instead of vodka, and the White Cuban swaps out vodka for rum.
Prep time: 3 Minutes
Nutrition: 480 Calories
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) vodka
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur)
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) heavy cream
- Ice, for serving
- Add the vodka and Kahlua to a low ball glass. Fill it with ice.
- Top with the cream. Stir until cold (or stir just a bit to get the swirl effect).
Category: Drinks Cuisine: Cocktail