White Russian Abides – Simple Version

The White Russian is a classic cocktail that first officially appeared on the food-and-beverage scene in 1965 when it was mentioned in California’s Oakland Tribune. The drink is considered to have evolved from the traditional cocktail, the Black Russian, which is crafted from vodka and coffee liqueur. The White Russian difference is the addition of cream or milk. However, there’s no hard-and-fast rule stating that you can’t stray from classic cocktail strategies to suit individual needs and preferences. If you’re watching calories, use skim milk rather than cream. Those who are lactose intolerant can use soy milk instead. The important thing is that you make a version of the White Russian that you and your guests love. Here’s how to make a White Russian in your home bar:

White Russian

Course Drinks
Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1
Author Vodka Spot


  • 1 Oz Vodka
  • 1/2 Oz Coffee Liqueur like Kahlúa


  1. Put on your sunglasses and robe

  2. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 

  3. Add your favorite vodka.

  4. Tip: To create the traditional layered look that the White Russian is known for, try slowly pouring the cream over the back of a spoon into the glass. Also, many classic cocktail purists whip the cream slightly in order to thicken its texture.

  5. Serve with a straw.  The layered look is only for serving

  6. Optional: Garnish with a maraschino cherry

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