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posted: 08/11/23

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The White Russian is an easy classic cocktail that you know and love. Our perfect ratios ensure that it is just as magical as you want it to be!

glass of white russian cocktail

About a billion years ago, I got married. I was in my very early twenties, and when I look back at the pictures I look so young, it almost looks like two little kids playing dress up.

My wedding was a blast – as it should be. All of your favorite people in one room celebrating you finding the love of your life should definitely be a good time. There was so much dancing and singing and hugging, and just love. At one point, someone handed me a White Russian, and I remember just standing at the edge of the dance floor watching everyone having a great time as I sipped.

So for me, White Russians instantly transport me to a magically good time. Even if you don’t have magical memories attached to this delicious cocktail, I bet you can make some with this recipe.

stir stick stirring glass of white russian ingredients. Glass of white russian cocktail sitting in background

White Russian Ingredients

While the list of what’s in a White Russian cocktail is simple with only three ingredients, the quality and ratio of ingredients are what will make a big difference in how your cocktail tastes.

  • Vodka: Use good-quality vodka. See below for my recommendations.
  • Coffee liqueur: Kahlua is the most common coffee liqueur and a great option for this drink. A White Russian is one of the most popular Kahlua cocktails. Tia Maria is another brand of coffee liqueur.
  • Heavy cream: If you don’t have heavy cream, you can use half and half or milk. The thicker options are more popular because they make the drink creamier. Milk is a staple in most kitchens and something most people will have on hand compared to heavy cream, but will make the drink thinner. Almond, oat, or soy milk can be used as a dairy-free option.

Best Vodka For a White Russian

I would recommend using a mid-level vodka for your White Russian cocktail. The key is to use something you like the flavor of. Fortunately, you can find good vodka at every price point. The best quality vodkas for the price are Grey Goose and Belvedere. For a budget-friendly vodka, I recommend using Tito’s.

How to Make a White Russian

This White Russian recipe comes together in one glass. For the full recipe including the measurements for the ingredients, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Combine the vodka and coffee liqueur. Have lots of ice in your glass.
  • Add the cream. Stir to combine and enjoy!
man's hand pouring cocktail jigger of cream into a glass of white russian ingredients and ice. Glass of white russian sitting in background

Serving White Russians

White Russians are typically served in a tumbler filled with ice, as you can see pictured here. The glasses used here are some that I picked up from GoodWill (they are my treasure trove for great photo props) but I just love the ones I’ve linked below.



These perfect glasses would be great for any cocktail served in tumblers.
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Two glasses of white russian cocktails


Try one (or all) of these variations on the Kahlua White Russian drink!

two glasses of White Russian cocktail with bottle of Kahlua

Other Classic Cocktail Recipes

If you try this White Russian recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

glass of white russian cocktail
5 from 1 vote

White Russian

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
The White Russian is an easy classic cocktail that you know and love. Our perfect ratios ensure that it is just as magical as you want it to be!


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua)
  • 1 ounce heavy cream


  • Combine the vodka and coffee liqueur in a tumbler filled with ice.
  • Top with the heavy cream, stir, and enjoy.
Serving: 1cocktail Calories: 325kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 10g (15%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 32mg (11%) Sodium: 10mg Potassium: 28mg (1%) Sugar: 14g (16%) Vitamin A: 417IU (8%) Vitamin C: 0.2mg Calcium: 19mg (2%) Iron: 0.04mg
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
glass of white russian cocktail

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  1. Cassandra says

    Hi Lisa-it’s Cassandra. I love your Cocktail Recipes. The White Russian is a favorite. Your Recommendation of Grey Goose is, of course, my favorite. During one of my Girly Trips to Denver, A Bartender introduced me to “Vox” Vodka, of course, on the Rocks for the taste. A must for a time of sipping one of the finest Vodkas around. Thank you for all you do…Cassandra

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ll have to try that, thanks Cassandra!

  2. Betty says

    5 stars
    The White Russian and Black Russian are my two favorite Cocktails. My next favorite is Kaluah and Coffee as well as Bailey and Coffee. I have enjoyed your History of different Cocktails. I have decided to join your Website.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy my recipes!

  3. Linda Workman says

    Hi Lisa, Use to drink White Russian’s back in my partying day’s which is a very long time ago. Lol Loved the other suggestions but don’t know why I can’t copy those ideas along with the recipe. Is there a way to do that.. Have enjoyed many of your recipes keep them coming.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Those recipes are on a different website, so you would need to go there to print those. Enjoy!

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