The White Russian is a decadent and creamy cocktail that combines vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. It gained popularity in the late 20th century and has remained a favorite for its rich flavor and simplicity. Perfect as an after-dinner drink or a luxurious treat, the White Russian is both a dessert and a cocktail rolled into one.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
  • 1 ounce heavy cream or whole milk
  • Ice cubes


  1. Fill the Glass: Fill a rocks glass or an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes to about halfway.
  2. Add Vodka and Coffee Liqueur: Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the ice. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Float the Cream: Slowly pour the cream or milk over the back of a spoon held just above the surface of the drink. This technique helps the cream float on top of the vodka and coffee liqueur, creating a layered effect.
  4. Serve: Gently stir the cocktail before drinking to mix the layers, or leave it layered for a visually striking presentation. Serve immediately.

Optional Variations:

  • For a lighter version, substitute the heavy cream with whole milk or half-and-half.
  • To make a Black Russian, simply omit the cream. This variation is also a classic cocktail, focusing on the combination of vodka and coffee liqueur.
  • For a vegan version, use a plant-based cream or milk alternative, such as coconut cream or almond milk.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 6g (varies with the type of cream used)
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Protein: 1g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The White Russian cocktail is a simple yet indulgent drink that’s perfect for those who love the combination of coffee and cream. Its rich flavor profile makes it an excellent choice for sipping slowly and savoring, whether as a nightcap or a special treat.

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