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White Russian

The White Russian is one of the most famous vodka cocktails of all. It impresses with its pleasant coffee-like taste and is surrounded by an exciting myth. Here you can learn how to easily prepare and enjoy the White Russian cocktail at home. We hope you have fun discovering and enjoying it!

White Russian Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl vodka
  • 3 cl coffee liqueur
  • 3 cl cream

Step by Step Guide

  1. First pour vodka, then coffee liqueur and then cream into a tumbler,
  2. Stir with a bar spoon.
  3. Serve or enjoy yourself!
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Recipe by Chris


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First fill a tumbler with ice cubes. Then add the vodka to the tumbler. It is best to measure the ingredients with a jigger so that you do not use too much or too little of one ingredient. Then add the coffee liqueur and then the cream to the glass. Stir the ingredients gently with a bar spoon. You can then serve the drink immediately or enjoy it yourself.

Bar accessories:

  • Tumbler
  • Jigger
  • Bar spoon

Unique taste


43 Reviews

The White Russian has a special and unusual taste. The taste is very different from other vodka cocktails such as the Screwdriver, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule and Sex on the Beach. The drink is dominated by a pleasant coffee flavour, which is supported by the alcoholic vodka notes. The cream makes the drink creamy and mild. It can be served very well as a digestif or as a drink to accompany a meal. Try the White Russian yourself and convince yourself of its pleasant taste.

The secret ingredient

The White Russian is one of the few known cocktails made with coffee liqueur. The taste is strongly reminiscent of the morning hot drink, but with a slightly alcoholic note. Compared to other liqueurs (maraschino, whisky liqueur, rum liqueur, Irish cream, sloe gin or limoncello), there are very few suppliers of this spirit. Probably the best-known producer is Kahlua. The taste of Kahlua fits perfectly into the White Russian. In combination with cream and vodka, it unfolds its full aroma and gives the cocktail a pleasant note. Just try it yourself and convince yourself of its pleasantly harmonious taste!

"The Big Lebowski" as a trailblazer

The Big Lebowski is a film comedy from the late 1990s. In this film, the two main characters drank White Russian cocktails over and over again. The film was directed by the Coen brothers and was seen by people all over the world. Through this feature film, the drink became really famous in many parts of the world and more and more people wanted to enjoy the drink in cocktail bars, but also at home.

The recipe of the White Russian was prepared slightly differently in the film than in our recipe. In the film, the main characters used “Half and Half” instead of cream. This is an American ready-made product that is somewhere between milk and cream. For a creamy taste, however, we definitely recommend using “real” cream.

Tumbler or Martini Glass

whether the drink should be served in a tumbler or a martini glass. The answer to this question is quite simple: just decide for yourself! You can serve the vodka cocktail both in a tumbler and in a martini glass. If you want to serve the drink in a martini glass, however, there are a few points you should bear in mind when preparing it:

  • Prepare in a mixing glass and not directly in the martini glass.
  • Serve without ice cubes
  • Goes well with classic occasions
  • Less common at parties

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What is a White Russian?

A White Russian is a well-known vodka cocktail that is easy to prepare and tastes pleasantly creamy. It is comparable in popularity to well-known cocktails such as the Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, Screwdriver, Black Russian or Sex on the Beach.

How do you prepare it?

To make it, pour vodka, coffee liqueur and cream into a tumbler, one after the other. Then stir the mixture well with a bar spoon. Now the drink is ready and can be served or enjoyed by yourself.

What does a White Russian cocktail taste like?

The drink tastes pleasantly mild and creamy. The taste of coffee is clearly in the foreground, but is supported by intense vodka notes. Perfect for cold winter evenings in front of the fireplace.

Should you definitely use cream?

You don’t necessarily have to use cream in the preparation. You can also use milk or half and half. However, we recommend cream. This makes the taste much creamier and milder.

Why is the drink so famous?

The Vodka Cocktail was always drunk by the main characters in the film “The Big Lebowski”. This gave the cocktail a strong rise in popularity at the end of the 1990s and it was ordered in more and more bars.

Do you prefer to serve it in a tumbler or a martini glass?

We recommend drinking it from a tumbler. For classic occasions, however, you can also serve the drink in a martini glass. However, be aware that the preparation is different when using a martini glass than when using a tumbler.