White Russian: How to Make and Serve

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When you talk about a White Russian, you probably think of a really old school cocktail. In actual fact, many people were unfamiliar with a White Russian until the film, The Big Lebowski, came out. That movie alone seemed to bring about a resurgence of a White Russian as a popular cocktail.

Did you know that a White Russian (as know as a Caucasian) didn’t really originate from Russia? It got its name from the fact that one of the major ingredients is vodka.

It is actual thought that the first mention of a White Russian, as a cocktail, wasn’t until late 1965 when the name and ingredients appeared in the Oakland Tribune (in California).


2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Coffee Vodka
Light cream


Add some ice to an old fashioned cocktail glass. Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the ice cubes. Fill the rest of the glass with light cream and you’re ready to serve.

Now, of course, there are many variations to a traditional White Russian and here are a few we thought you’d enjoy:

White Canadian: Use goat’s milk instead of light cream
Blind Russian: Use Bailey’s Irish Cream instead of light cream
White Mexican: Use Horchata instead of light cream
White Cuban: Use Rum instead of Vodka
Black Russian: Leave out any cream or milk

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