Celebrate with a creamy white Russian drink! It tastes like coffee ice cream but with a boozy kick! You’ll love this easy, scalable recipe.

White Russian cocktail in a low ball glass with crushed ice.

It’s Friday, woo-hoo!

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my weekend on.

And I can’t think of a better way than to mix up a fancy cocktail!

This white Russian recipe is perfect!

Icy-cold, creamy, rich, and just sweet enough. It’s like a dessert in drink form!

I love to sit out on my patio on a warm night and enjoy a special drink with friends. It just kicks off the weekend in such a fun way.

Be sure to browse through all of my drink recipes to find the one that’s perfect for you. I especially love a Moscow mule, chocolate martini, or mulled wine!

Pouring cream into a white Russian recipe.

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What is a white Russian?

This is a simple cocktail that tastes like sweet, creamy coffee but with alcohol. A perfect slow-sipper! The Dude would approve.

Why this is the best white Russian recipe

  1. Tastes amazing: The balance of toasty coffee, sweetness, cream, and the warmth of alcohol is so nice!
  2. Few ingredients: You only need 3 basic ingredients.
  3. Easy to make: It legit takes a minute or less.
  4. Scalable: Make just one, or a whole pitcher!
  5. Versatile: Add in other flavors to make this drink uniquely your own!

What does the white Russian drink taste like?

When you first take a sip, you’ll notice the sweet creaminess right away. It’s like melted ice cream!

Then the roasty-toasty coffee taste comes in.

Finally, you’ll feel that warmth at the back of your throat that lets you know this is for grownups only!


Vodka: The base of the drink.

Coffee liqueur: Such as Tia Maria or Kahlua.

Cream: Or a plant-based substitute, for a vegan white Russian.

Special equipment

How to make a white Russian

This easy recipe comes together in 4 simple steps.

Step 1: Vodka

Pour the vodka into your vessel of choice, until it comes about halfway up the sides.

Step 2: Coffee liqueur

Add coffee liquer, until it comes about 3/4 of the way up the sides.

Step 3: Cream

Top off with cream, until it’s full!

Step 4: Stir

Stir it all together. It looks like chocolate milk! Make sure your kids know it’s not!

How to serve white Russians

In the summertime, I like to enjoy this drink over ice. But in the winter, it’s nice at room temperature.

For a fancy garnish, dust a little cocoa powder on top. It gives you a hit of chocolate aroma every time you tip the glass to your lips.

Expert tips

White Russian ratio: The ratio is easy to remember. It’s 2 parts vodka to 1 part coffee liqueur to 1 part cream.

Scale it up or down: For just one cocktail, you’ll use about 1/2 cup of vodka, 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur, and 1/4 cup of cream. To serve say, 8, just times that by 8, so that would be 4 cups vodka, 2 cups coffee liqueur, and 2 cups cream. Make sense?

Keep the ice separate: If you’re only making one or two drinks it probably doesn’t matter, but when I’m serving a crowd I like to keep the ice separate, in an insulated ice bucket. This way it doesn’t melt down and dilute the drink. Guests can pour their own glasses and top them off with ice.

Get creative: Think about using a flavored vodka (such as vanilla vodka) or adding other flavors like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, chocolate syrup, or even fresh muddled berries to your drink! Any kind of flavor you like in your coffee will also work in a white Russian. You can also sugar the rim for extra sweetness!

White Russian ingredients stirred together and served over ice.

Frequently asked questions

How can I make a non-alcoholic white Russian?

This would basically just be coffee. I’d suggest using a weak simple syrup (say, 1 part sugar to 4 parts water?) in place of the vodka, brewed coffee in place of the liqueur, and keep the cream.

How long does leftover white Russian last?

If you have any leftovers, strain out any ice and keep them in the fridge. They should last for as long as cream does. Several weeks!

What is the serving size?

One serving is equal to one cocktail.

The nutritional info given below is for one drink. It doesn’t include any add-ins or garnishes.

White Russian drinks presented in a vintage cake pan with crushed ice.

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White Russian cocktail in a low ball glass with crushed ice.
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White Russian

Servings: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Celebrate with a creamy white Russian drink! It tastes like coffee ice cream but with a boozy kick! You'll love this easy, scalable recipe.


  • 1 cup (240 g) vodka
  • 1/2 cup (118 g) coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 cup (119 g) cream, (any kind)


  • Stir all the ingredients together and pour into 2 glasses.
  • Top with ice, if desired.
Serving: 1cocktail, Calories: 682kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 58mg, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 875IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Drinks
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