White Russian Cocktail Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

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White Russian is a simple cocktail mix that can be easily prepared at home! It has your favorite coffee flavor with a kick of alcohol that you will enjoy! Also, watch the recipe video below for a quick tutorial. 

Drink this with your buddies at a cocktail party you are hosting, or, mix it for yourself for an afternoon perk-me-up. If you are looking for drinks that you will enjoy this winter, check this out as well as my recipes for Moscow Mule, Irish Coffee, and Instant Pot Apple Cider!

How to Make White Russian Cocktail

White Russian has stood the test of time and is still a favorite today. This classic is a twist to the traditional Black Russian cocktail which was invented in 1949.  The black version only has vodka and coffee liqueur in it while the white one has an added cream.

While it is named as such, this is not a drink that the Russians invented but I bet they also like it. It was only called as such because of the vodka. And while the basic drink contains only three ingredients, you can make a lot of variations.

So, if you are having a party soon, serve these to your guests! It is simple, but the taste is exquisite. You can enjoy this in the middle of winter, and it will surely warm you as you drink it.

What goes into White Russian Drink?

There are only three ingredients to make this cocktail: vodka, Kahlua, and cream. It is the basic list and some variations include adding ice cream instead of cream. Also, the cream may be heavy or use half and half, or milk if you prefer.

How to make White Russian Cocktail:

Feel free to watch the quick video tutorial attached above. Butt these are the simple steps in preparing this drink:

  1. Fill the glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka and the Kahlua.
  3. Slowly add in the half and half.
  4. Taste and adjust the proportions if you wish.

Should a White Russian be shaken?

Shaking is no longer necessary, and it is even meant to be served as a layered drink. The classic preparation is to simply pour the vodka over rocks, add the coffee liqueur, then, top with cream. Shaking somewhat dilutes the cocktail.

But, of course, it is a matter of preference. Some would want their cocktail milkshake-like. Some would shake the whole thing altogether or shake only the first two ingredients then, top with dairy. While some would shake the cream separately to make it thicker and that is fine, too.

Recipe Variation:

You can experiment on different flavored vodka, coffee syrup, brews, and dairy. Here are some changes that you can make in your cocktail:

  • Add a bit of cola.
  • Add Irish cream instead of vodka.
  • Instead of cream, use almond milk, creamy chai tea, or coconut milk.
  • Add chocolate syrup.
  • Add horchata and cinnamon.
  • Top with nutmeg or pumpkin spice.
  • Use root beer-flavored vodka and whole milk instead, then, top with orange peel.

How many calories are in White Russian?

The calories that each serving has sits somewhere between 220 to 500. This can be attributed to the dairy. Hence, you can substitute it with almond, soy, or coconut milk to lessen the number of calories.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Serve it in an old-fashioned glass for that classic experience.
  • Add a hint of vanilla extract for a richer flavor.
  • You may substitute creme de cacao for the coffee liqueur for a more chocolaty taste.
  • While you can always adjust the taste according to your preference, take note of the measurements so that you can mix it again exactly the way you like it.
  • Cream or half and half is still the recommended dairy to add in this cocktail for a rich and decadent finish. Substituting it with milk will yield a thinner drink overall.

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White Russian Cocktail

White Russian is a simple cocktail mix that can be easily prepared at home! It has your favorite coffee flavor with a kick of alcohol that you will enjoy!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


For ONE White Russian Cocktail:

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz Kahlua
  • 3 oz heavy cream (or half and half)
  • Ice

For FOUR White Russian Cocktail:

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup Kahlua
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (or half and half)
  • Ice


  • Add ice to a glass and pour vodka and Kahlua on top.
  • Slowly add the cream. Taste and adjust the proportions to your preference.



Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 96mg
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Kita Bryant

This is a great drink to unwind with. I have not had one in a very long time.


Lisa Joy Thompson

I'm not much of a drinker, but this is one of my friends' "drink of choice". I had no idea it was so easy to make at home.


Lyanna Soria

I don't drink cocktails nowadays but that is looking quite tasty. I didn't know you can make one at home easily.



This is such a nice cocktail! My husband loved it.



This was one of the first drinks I ever had. I don't know why I don't make them more often.


Eileen M Loya

Oh wow. That looks so refreshing. I love Kahlua or any other coffee liquer. It is just so versatile. Thanks for the recipe. Will be making this tonight.



Luckily I have all the ingredients in house already. I will make this for Easter weekend. Sounds amazing!


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