This white Russian cocktail, popularized by the is a tantalizing blend of vodka, Kahlua, and a splash of cream. Cheers!
Whatever days in history surrounded the creation of the White Russian of the 1960s, they are obscured by March 6, 1998, the day directors Joel and Ethan Coen unleashed a disheveled, disarranged, and ruggedly disembodied Jeff Bridges upon the world in their film The Big Lebowski. Bridges’ character, known cosmically as “The Dude,” is snapped from his daily routine of day-drinking and night-bowling when he is thrust into a plot of kidnapping and mystery as the result of mistaken identity. The road is not without its tolls, but waiting at the end is liquid sustenance of vodka, Kahlua, and cream, and so The Dude abides.–Orr Shtuhl and Elizabeth Graeber
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Kahlua
- Splash of cream
- Combine over ice and abide.
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Recipe Testers’ Reviews
What a nice drink. It’s creamy and cool, but warming as well. The splash of cream keeps the drink from becoming too heavy or rich. The coffee flavor has some depth but is not sticky-sweet. The vodka keeps it easy to drink. This drink would be great year-round. I would try this with vanilla vodka next time.
I have always loved the flavor of a classic White Russian, and this version is no exception. I enjoyed this as an after-dinner drink last night, and it really hit the spot. I love the coffee flavor of the Kahlua, the smoothness of the vodka, and of course the creaminess of the cream. If you’re a coffee drinker looking for a cocktail to try, this is your ticket!
Visually, I think this cocktail is a classic as well; when you pour the stark white cream over the dark Kahlua and vodka it slowly combines into a beautiful caramel color. The only instruction I would add to this recipe is to give the mixture a little stir before enjoying.
This was delicious—but strong! You could probably add a touch more cream and make two drinks. Should be consumed while watching the Dude.
How very 70′s! White Russians were a cocktail we had back when I entertained as a new bride. I let my daughter (over 21) take the lead, as I had done them before. Everything went well, from shopping for the liquor to getting ice. When it came to the “splash” of cream, she was confused for a moment.
I think that might be the only hitch for someone making this for the first time. A suggested measurement for the cream might be more helpful. I told her to add cream to her taste and they tasted like they did 30 years ago. Not totally my thing, but nice to remember back and watch Thin Man movies with. She preferred hers with a little more of the Kahlua and cream to the vodka, but vodka isn’t her thing. All in all, they made for a nice movie night.
Originally published May 04, 2020
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I think this is extremely simple, and it’s a great drink. I am not a tomato juice fan, so I like to order a White Russian at brunch. Its like an adult chocolate milk! I didn’t realize it was so simple. I can make these at home!