How to Make a White Russian, the Deliciously Decadent Cocktail That Only Requires 3 Ingredients

White Russian—an old-school classic cocktail that every home bartender needs under their belt.

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Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail

Creamy, coffee-flavored, and incredibly easy to make, White Russians have garnered a cult-following from Kahlúa and Big Lebowski fans alike. The recipe requires only three ingredients: vodka, Kahlúa, and heavy cream. Think of it as an adult version of a milkshake, with endless opportunity to customize to your palate. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or (dare we say) pumpkin spice to dial up the flavor. Love chocolate? Add some syrup. No heavy cream on hand? Swap in whole milk, soy, or oat.


  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 1 ounce Kahlúa

  • 1 ounce heavy cream


  1. Fill a cocktail glass—preferably a rocks or Old Fashioned glass—with ice. Pour the vodka and Kahlúa over the ice.

  2. Top with the heavy cream and stir to combine.

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