White Russian

About the White Russian

The Dude abides. The White Russian or known as the “Caucasian” is a 1960s Oakland, CA variation of the IBA Classic Black Russian cocktail. Neither cocktail is actually Russian in origin, but is called Russian due to the primary ingredient being vodka. Originally considered boring and an alcoholic milkshake, the White Russian was almost forgotten had it not been for the movie The Big Lebowski.


Picture credit to Stuart Webster.

Ingredients in the White Russian

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • .5 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Fresh Cream
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

How to Make the White Russian

Similar to the Black Russian, pour the vodka and coffee liqueur into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Float the cream on top and stir slightly. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars
  • Served:      On the Rocks
  • Strength:  Medium
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Flavor:       Sweet

Picture credit to Steven Depolo.