The recipe for the famous cocktail that is not Russian

White Russian is an easy-to-make cocktail with an elegant and sophisticated look. And no, it’s not from Russia.

Created in the 1960s, the White Russian was born when someone added a little whipped cream to the Black Russian. The Black Russian is a simple two-part cocktail created in the late 1940s by bartender Gustave Tops. Tops gave birth to Black Russian at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels.

The famous liqueur shattered its outdated reputation after appearing in the 1998 movie “The Big Lebowski”. Jeff Bridge’s character, The Dude, placed the drink on the elite cocktail list. It became a popular drink associated with success.

Something similar happened with Carrie Bradshaw and Cosmo, from the famous “All About Sex” series.

According to, there is one extremely important tip to keep in mind before making a White Russian. Choose a decent vodka (a Russian, if you want to stick to the theme) and good thick whipped cream. Half and half may go overboard, but milk will make for a lean drink.

How to prepare white Russian?


  • 60 ml of vodka
  • 30 ml of KahlĂșa coffee liqueur
  • 60 ml of cream
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Method of preparation

Ice cubes are placed in a whiskey glass and vodka and coffee liqueur are poured over them. At the end add the cream.

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