White Russian


A couple of interesting holidays this week. October 1 is National Coffee Day and October 4 is National Vodka Day. Hmm… combine coffee liqueur with vodka and – White Russian, anyone?

This recipe comes from liquor.com, where the drink is described as “decadent and sophisticated.” It was created in the 60’s when someone added a little cream to a Black Russian. For those movie buffs and mixologists (aka bartenders), the White Russian had a bit of a “stodgy” reputation until “The Dude” re-branded it in the 1998 movie, “The Big Lebowski.”

No bathrobe required here. It’s acceptable in any attire. Surprisingly, it doesn’t have a Russian origin, the name simply refers to the main ingredient: “Wad-kuh!” (or, vodka, in the states). And for those who haven’t done the “research,” vodka made in Sweden or the US is perfectly fine! In fact, I like to think of it as honoring my Scandinavian heritage, which is why this is not the only vodka drink on this site. 😋

There are some variations of this drink, my favorite being the Anna Kournikova, the Russian tennis star. Made with skim milk instead of heavy cream, this drink is appropriately called the “skinny” White Russian.

White Russian

Try “serving” this. You’ll “love” it.

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

White Russian

Dude approved!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 522kcal


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur Kahlua
  • 3 oz heavy cream


  • Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice.
  • Pour in vodka and coffee liqueur.
  • Layer the heavy cream over the top and stir.


Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 64mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Calcium: 55mg


4 thoughts on “White Russian

  1. 5 stars
    Ha ha ha, I love the puns! Such a delicious drink. 🙂 . Thank you for doing all the vodka research; sounds like it was tough on you!

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