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White Russian Cocktail

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The White Russian cocktail is a classic drink that combines vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream. It’s typically served over ice in a rocks glass. The vodka provides a strong base, the coffee liqueur adds a rich, sweet coffee flavor, and the heavy cream gives the cocktail a smooth, creamy texture.

Tasting Notes

The initial taste of a White Russian is sweet and creamy, with the heavy cream providing a smooth, velvety mouthfeel. The coffee liqueur adds a deep, robust flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate, which perfectly complement the neutral, slightly sharp edge of the vodka.

As you sip, the flavors blend seamlessly, creating a balanced and satisfying experience. The aftertaste lingers with a pleasant sweetness and a subtle warmth from the vodka, making it a comforting and enjoyable drink.

Over time, the drink’s complexity becomes more apparent, with the coffee liqueur’s depth adding richness to each sip. The cream mellows the strength of the vodka, making the cocktail smooth and easy to drink.

The overall profile is well-rounded and harmonious, appealing to both coffee lovers and those who enjoy creamy cocktails.

Tips & Tricks

Add a splash of vanilla extract: This enhances the sweetness and adds a new layer of flavor to the drink.

Replace heavy cream with almond milk: This makes the drink lighter and suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.

Recipe Card

White Russian

White Russian

Velvety Smooth and Richly Decadent


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz heavy cream


  1. Build in glass, over fresh ice.
  2. Pour in vodka, then heavy cream, and finally coffee liqueur.
  3. Serve as-is for the marbled effect, but stir right before drinking.

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