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A white Russian cocktail with a bottle of Kahlua in the background.

White Russian

The classic White Russian cocktail is made with vodka, Kahlúa, and cream. It's simple, delicious, and tastes a little bit like iced coffee.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 326kcal


  • 2 ounces vodka (1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa (2 tablespoons, see note 1)
  • 1 ounce heavy cream (2 tablespoons, see note 2)


  • In an Old Fashioned glass filled to the top with ice, add vodka and Kahlúa. Using a bar spoon, stir until well incorporated, about 10 seconds. Top with heavy cream.


  1. Kahlúa: Or substitute any coffee-flavored liqueur such as Tia Maria or Bailey's espresso.
  2. Heavy cream: Or substitute milk, half and half, or a cream liqueur.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  4. Glassware: The White Russian is traditionally made in an Old Fashioned glass, a 6-ounce to 10-ounce glass tumbler. Similar to a rocks glass or lowball glass, the Old Fashioned glass is usually decorated in the cut glass style.
  5. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 16 ounces (2 cups) vodka, 8 ounces (1 cup) Kahlúa, and 8 ounces (1 cup) heavy cream in a pitcher. Have ice and glassware on hand so guests can help themselves.
  6. Black Russian: Omit the heavy cream.
  7. Mudslide: Substitute Irish cream for the heavy cream, add a drizzle of chocolate sauce to the inside of the glass, and garnish the drink with chocolate shavings.
  8. Dirty Russian: Substitute chocolate camel's milk for the heavy cream.
  9. White Cuban: Substitute rum for the vodka.
  10. Anna Kournikova: Substitute skim milk for the heavy cream. 
  11. Colorado Bulldog: Add a splash of cola.
  12. Hot: Add hot coffee for a hot drink on a cold day.
  13. Cold: Substitute ice cream for the heavy cream for a chilly cocktail.
  14. Shaken: Some prefer the cocktail shaken so the cream is blended with the other ingredients.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg