Monday, March 7, 2022

Best White Russian Recipe + Video

Our Best White Russian Recipe creates a creamy, rich, and decadent cocktail. Learn how to make this classic drink that’s easy to stir, serve, and sip.

A dash of mocha, a splash of vodka, and a drop of cream is all you need to mix together an award-winning drink.

This simple cocktail recipe is also deliciously versatile, with customizations and variations for every ingredient.

Best White Russian Recipe

So what makes this the best White Russian recipe? It has just a hint of sweetness and a delicate vanilla flavor. It’s smooth, iced coffee consistency and taste profile also means it’s a total crowd favorite.

A delicious drink calls for the best desserts to go with it! My mocha smores dip pairs so well with the coffee flavors in this cocktail.

These toffee caramel cookies also go really well with the drink’s bitter notes.

For another creamy mocha cocktail, check out my mocha express! It’s just as silky smooth, but with a bigger kick of coffee flavor.

White Russian Cocktail in glass

Tips and Tricks

  • Make it frozen! Blend everything together with one cup of ice until you achieve a slushie consistency.

  • Stirring cocktails on the rocks dilutes them. The more you stir, the more water you add to the mix. A good rule of thumb is to stir for no more than 20 seconds when mixing.

  • Get great layers every time. To keep your creamer layer from mixing with the liqueur, pour the creamer slowly over the back of a spoon.

Best White Russian Recipe ingredients

Simple Cocktail Recipe Video

To see us prepare a delicious White Russian cocktail from start to finish, watch the video in this post.

Serving Suggestions

Throw together some seasonal garnishes for every occasion! Sprinkle some cinnamon during the fall or throw in a peppermint stick during the holiday season.

A crushed peppermint rim would be tasty as well!

For a refreshing summer treat, top the frozen variation of this drink with a dollop of whipped cream.

I also recommend serving with a straw - this way, you won’t have to mix before serving, allowing guests to stir their own drinks and enjoy the layered presentation.

pouring vodka

White Russian Cocktail Variations

Check out these delicious variations for more takes on this classic beverage!

  • Bailey's White Russian - The booziest version of this drink! Add Bailey’s Irish Cream to your Kahlua White Russian in place of the coffee creamer.

  • Rumchata White Russian - Try out this variation for a spicy cinnamon taste! The rumchata takes the place of Kahlua and makes the drink much sweeter.

  • White Russian With Milk - For a thinner, less sweet cocktail, swap out the coffee creamer with plain milk. Great for those seeking a low sugar drink.

pouring Kahlua

White Russian Recipe FAQ

What’s the difference between a mudslide and a White Russian?

A mudslide uses all of the same ingredients, but also includes some Bailey’s Irish Cream. Extra creamy and extra sweet!

How do you keep cream cocktails from curdling?

Avoid using low-fat, skim, or most non-dairy milks. High fat creamers keep the mixture emulsified when combined with acidic liquors.

Does a White Russian drink taste like coffee?

Yes! The best white russian recipe will have a coffee liqueur that gives sweet, slightly bitter notes of mocha. Kahlua and coffee creamers are a great pair for that!

white russian cocktail


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White Russian Cocktail wide photo

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Author: Donna Elick
Best White Russian Recipe

Best White Russian Recipe

My Best White Russian Recipe is a creamy, rich, and decadent cocktail. Learn how to make this classic drink that’s easy to stir, serve, and sip.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounce coffee liqueur (we used Kahlua)
  • 1 1/4 ounce International Delight French Vanilla Creamer


  1. Fill glass with ice, add vodka and coffee liqueur. Stir to combine. Pour creamer over top. Serve and enjoy.

White Russian Cocktail closeup

Originally published November 2012, updated and republished February 2022

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