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White Russian Recipe

White russian

Published: December 13, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 1

Vodka, coffee liqueur and cream is all it takes to make this smooth, classic cocktail. Serve in an old fashioned glass, to be really authentic


Make this classic white russian drink recipe or check out our chai white Russian, Black Russian and vegan black russian. Also try our recipe for homemade coffee syrup and more coffee cocktails. We also have more retro cocktail recipes here.

What is a white russian?

So called because vodka was the primary ingredient, the white russian enjoyed a period of popularity during the disco years of the 1970s before fading into obscurity. That is until the release of The Big Lebowski in 1998, where it was the go-to drink for Jeff Bridges' the Dude, who drinks nine of them throughout the film.

To make this recipe vegan, substitute the cream for your favourite dairy-free single cream. We like using oat-based ones best.

White russian recipe


  • 2 tbsp vodka
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur
  • 2 tbsp single cream


  • STEP 1

    Fill an old fashioned glass with ice. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and cream in and stir until combined before serving.

Give it a twist with our chai white russian recipe

White Russian Recipe

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