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White Russian

By: Cat Collard - Updated: 14 Jun 2010 | comments*Discuss
Cocktail White Russian Vodka Coffee

As with the Black Russian the White Russian is a classic that has been around since the Cold War era. The White Russian has been named not because it is a traditional Russian drink but due to the fact that the drink contains vodka. Rather it is a pun on the name of the anti-Bolshevik "White Russians" from the Russian Civil War.

The Recipe

This recipe serves 1

  • 1½ measures vodka
  • 1 measure coffee liqueur (e.g. Tia Maria or Kahlua)
  • 1 measure light cream
  • Garnish: 1 stemmed cherry

There are many ways you can prepare a White Russian, here are three;
  1. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, cream and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake once or twice, then strain over an ice filled rocks glass and decorate with a stemmed cherry.
  2. First pour the vodka over an ice filled rocks glass, then add the coffee liqueur, then the cream, finally add a straw for the drinker to mix it.
  3. Mix the vodka and coffee liqueur and strain into an ice filled rocks glass, then using the back of a spoon, layer 1 measure of cream on top.


  • A Colorado Bulldog is a White Russian with added coke.
  • A White Cuban is a White Russian with rum instead of vodka.
  • A Bolshevik or Blonde Russian replaces the cream in a White Russian with Irish Crème liqueur, usually Baileys.
  • A Larry's White Russian is a White Russian but with added Malibu/coconut flavoured liquor added.
  • A Dirty Russian is a White Russian with added chocolate syrup.
  • A Brown Russian is a White Russian with added chocolate powder.
  • To suit individual's needs whether they are dieting needs or those just watching their waist line, in a White Russian you can use goats milk, soy milk, or skimmed milk.

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