The White Russian

The White Russian

The White Russian is among the best, easiest, and most popular vodka cocktails you will come across. The creamy counterpart to the equally famous Black Russian—vodka and coffee liqueur—the white version is incredibly simple to make by just adding cream to the black one. Made famous by the beloved “Dude” character in the Big Lebowski movie. The drink took off during the late ’90s among a new generation of fans of this cult favorite.

Adding this easy recipe to your bartending arsenal will give you a two-for-one lesson, as buying coffee liqueur and vodka will give you a complete drink (black), and adding cream on top of it will provide a second cocktail (white). The White Russian is a very approachable drink. Its so delicious that one can barely notice there’s alcohol in it, and this has only fed the drink’s popularity. You get vodka accented with the taste of coffee in a luscious, creamy cocktail.

Our recipe just requires a quick stir. But play a little and test your bartending skills by floating the cream on top of the spirits and ice. It may require a bit of practice to get a clean layer, but it makes for a great-looking drink. Serve this with a straw and allow the drinker to stir the ingredients as they like. Enjoy a White Russian—stirred or layered—after dinner, during happy hour, or anytime you’re looking for a quick and delightful drink.

The White Russian

The White Russian

The White Russian is among the best, easiest, and most popular vodka cocktails you will come across.
Prep Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Course Appetizer, Cocktail, Dessert, Drinks, Pre-dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • Old-fashioned glass


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce cream


  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass, starting with the vodka, followed by the coffee liqueur. Add ice into the glass, and pour the cream in last.
  • Stir well. Serve and enjoy.
Keyword Alcohol, American, cream, Vodka

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