White Russian Cocktail

5 from 4 votes
Jump to RecipePinSave to Favorites

Site Index Cocktail Kahlua Vodka

This post may contain affiliate links. See my privacy policy for details.

The White Russian cocktail is a great cocktail that is an easy cocktail made similar to the Black Russian. The difference being the addition of cream to the drink.

White Russian Cocktail in an old fashioned glass
White Russian Cocktail

How to Make a White Russian

To make a White Russian, you’ll need three ingredients; Kahlua, Vodka and Cream. You’ll combine the amounts I’ve mentioned in the recipe below with ice in a Boston Shaker and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch. You will then pour over ice into an old fashioned glass and serve. If you want a delicious twist on the White Russian try my Bailey’s Chocolate White Russian, it’s a popular cocktail on this website!

What is the difference between a White Russian and a Black Russian?

The difference between the White Russian and the Black Russian is simply the addition of cream to the mix and a slight change in the quantities. Both of these drinks use the same style of glass; the old fashioned glass; and are served over ice.

Why is it called a White Russian?

The name for this cocktail came about due to the inclusion of Vodka (a traditionally Russian spirit) and cream (which is white).

an old fashioned glass with ice and White Russian cocktail

White Russian Variations

  • Colorado Bulldog
    A Colorado Bulldog is a variation of the Black Russian that is comprised of equal parts vodka, Kahlua and Cream which is then poured over ice and topped with Cola.
  • Black Magic
    A Black Magic cocktail is similar to the Black Russian as well. It’s made by combining 1 ounce of vodka and Kahlua and 1/3 ounce of lemon juice served over ice.
  • Brown Russian
    The Brown Russian is a variation that uses equal parts vodka, creme de cacao, cream and chocolate syrup.
  • Black Russian
    The Black Russian is made from vodka and Kahlua. You can see the recipe for this drink here.

Some other great cocktails to try

  1. Classic Moscow Mule Recipe
  2. Greyhound Cocktail Recipe
  3. Lemon Drop Martini

Hope you love these as much as I do!



A Delicious White Russian Cocktail #recipe #cocktail #kahlua #vodka #drink

Enter your email to get this recipe emailed to you, so you don’t lose it and get new recipes daily!

White Russian

The White Russian cocktail is a great cocktail that is an easy cocktail made similar to the Black Russian. The difference being the addition of cream to the drink.
5 from 4 votes
White Russian Cocktail
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua or another similar coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce cream (coffee cream or 10% cream)


  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
  • Pour over ice into an old fashioned glass and serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values may vary.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 13mg, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 415IU, Calcium: 18mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

Made this recipe?

Share a photo of what you made on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @thekitchenmagpie or hashtag it #thekitchenmagpie.

Please rate this recipe in the comments below to help out your fellow cooks!

Learn to cook like the Kitchen Magpie

A Very Prairie Christmas Bakebook

Cookies, Candies, Cakes & More: Vintage Baking to Celebrate the Festive Season!

Learn More

a copy of Flapper Pie cook book

Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky

A Modern Baker’s Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts

Learn More

The Prairie Table

Suppers, Potlucks & Socials: Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Bring People Together

Learn More

Mr. Kitchen Magpie

Hey everyone! I'm Mike (Mr. Kitchen Magpie). When I'm not sharing cocktail recipes here and on my Instagram (@mrkitchenmagpie), I'm enjoying a nice bottle of scotch in a vintage glass from my barware collection.

Learn more about me

Site Index Cocktail Kahlua Vodka

Reader Interactions

Comments & Recipe Tips Share a tip or comment!

Leave a Comment or Recipe Tip

Recipe Rating