I first fell in love with White Russian Cocktails after watching ‘The Dude’ enjoy them in the iconic movie ‘The Big Lebowski.’ Since then, the White Russian has been my go-to cocktail when I want something creamy and sweet with a coffee kick. Imagine my joy when I discovered there are many cocktails like White Russian that are equally as enjoyable.
If you’re not sure what a White Russian is, it’s two parts vodka, one part Kahlua, topped off with heavy cream/milk served over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. This simple combination creates a deliciously creamy coffee-flavored cocktail that coffee drinkers would absolutely love!
Here are seven awesome cocktails that are similar to a White Russian that you have to try if you love creamy coffee-flavored cocktails.
First is a White Russian variation that is a little controversial. Why controversial? Because it just sounds like a weird combination. To make a Colorado Bulldog, make a classic White Russian and then top it off with cola. The carbonation of the cola gives it a more refreshing taste while keeping the creamy coffee goodness of a White Russian. Colorado Bulldog Recipe.
This next cocktail is a twist on the classic White Russian that uses Irish cream instead of heavy cream/milk. To make a Blind Russian cocktail, first make a Black Russian by pouring 2 oz vodka and 1 oz Kahlua into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Next, top it off with an Irish cream like Baileys. The result? A super creamy, super strong cocktail similar to a White Russian. Blind Russian Recipe.
This cocktail is a lot like a White Russian but with more of a coffee kick. To make a Flat White Martini, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in 2 oz Baileys, 1 oz vodka, and a shot of espresso. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold to the touch. Next, using a Hawthorne Strainer, strain the drink into a martini glass, leaving the ice behind. Finally, garnish with 2-3 coffee beans. Flat White Martini Recipe.
Without the invention of the Black Russian, there would never have been a White Russian cocktail! The Black Russian cocktail is believed to have been invented in the late 1940s by a bartender named Gustave Tops in honor of the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. This cocktail is a simple mix of 2 oz vodka, and 1 oz Kahlua served in an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Black Russian Recipe.
Apart from the White Russian, one cocktail stands out as a favorite of those who like coffee-flavored cocktails: The Espresso Martini. Made with vodka, Kahlua, and fresh espresso coffee, this frothy and sophisticated drink takes coffee cocktails to a new level! How to make an Espresso Martini.
This White Russian variation is a chocolate lovers dream and is perfect as a dessert cocktail! You’ll need all the regular ingredients of a White Russian plus chocolate syrup and a mini chocolate bar as a garnish. Chocolate White Russian Recipe.
If you love the layered effect you get when you float heavy cream on top of a White Russian, then you’ll love this decadent White Russian variation. To make a Salted Caramel White Russian, you’ll need vodka, Kahlua, heavy cream, caramel sauce, and some sea salt. Salted Caramel White Russian Recipe.
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