Breaking Down the: White Russian

Three easy ingredients make up the White Russian; vodka, Kahlúa, and cream. Served in an old-fashioned glass and on the rocks, it’s a delicious cocktail with nothing to do with Russia. Surprisingly, the cocktail’s origin dates back to the ’50s and ‘60s in Belgium, and from an American, no less! According to Vinepair, it was created by a hotel bartender in Brussels in 1949 to honor Perle Mesta, a U.S. diplomat for Luxembourg. 


White Russian Versus Black Russian


The White Russian is derived from the “Black Russian.” A two-ingredient cocktail with vodka and Kahlúa. It’s dark because of the ingredients in Kahlúa, a coffee liqueur made with rum, sugar and arabica coffee. The only difference is the cream which gives it a milky look. 

Ready to make a White Russian?


White Russian Ingredients

• 2 ounces of vodka

• 1 ounce Kahlúa

• Splash of cream


Steps on How to Make a White Russian

1. Add vodka and Kahlúa to a rocks glass filled with ice. 

2. Top with heavy cream and stir!


To serve this drink responsibly check out our Ultimate Bartending Guide!