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Drink Recipes

How to Make a White Russian Cocktail Recipe

The White Russian cocktail has recently grown in popularity. People seem to be catching on to how great this drink actually is! In this post, I will be showing you the most popular White Russian recipe, some helpful tips and tricks, and some other popular ways this cocktail is made.

Some people view this cocktail as a dessert-like drink, whereas others favour it as a morning cocktail. The difference between this cocktail and its cousin, the Black Russian, is that it is thicker and has a sweeter taste to it due to the cream, which is why people enjoy these early in the day.

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Getting Started

Here is what you need for a White Russian recipe.



  • Jigger
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Shaker
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White Russian

A white russian is a favored drink that has vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream in it, served with ice.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol recipes, alcoholic drink, coffee, vodka, white russian cocktail
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 326kcal
Cost: $4


  • Shaker
  • Jigger (optional)


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Cream
  • Ice Cubes


  • Add ice to an old fashioned glass
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  • Add 2 oz of vodka in the shaker
    bottle of vodka lying down on its side
  • Add 1 oz of coffee liqueur to the shaker
    coffee liqueur being poured from jigger into glass cup on a wooden table with fruit in the background
  • Add 1 oz of cream to the shaker
    glass of milk beside the jug with white background
  • Shake, pour, and enjoy your White russian cocktail!
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 14mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Calcium: 18mg
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History Of The White Russian

The history of the White Russian is… well, not much history at all. This cocktail was brought together some less than 100 years ago, in the late 1940s. Although the name suggests a Russian origin, it actually, in fact, originated in Belgium. It got its name from the ingredients in the cocktail; ‘White’ from the cream and ‘Russian’ from the vodka.

A bartender by the name of, Gustave Tops, served it to an American politician named, Perle Mesta, in a bar in Brussels where she enjoyed it so much she had to bring it back to the United States of America where it grew famous exploded in popularity for years to come!

A white Russian cocktail with ice and a black straw in a glass on a table bar

White Russian Size Conversion

You can use this handy calculator to figure out what ingredients you’ll need for a certain number of guests or yourself!


Can I substitute the cream for milk?

Yes you can substitute cream for milk although you will get a different taste and texture to your cocktail. You may also have to add more/less depending on your personal preferences.

Is the taste much different from a Black Russian?

It all depends on the drinker. Some people say that they are two completely different drinks, while others say they cannot tell a difference.

How can I make the drink lighter?

To make it lighter you can always use less vodka or just add more cream/coffee liqueur to it.

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