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A cocktail after dinner energizing? The White Russian it’s the right drink: sweet and delicate, based on vodka, fresh cream and coffee liqueur. Three ingredients for a cocktail that goes well with chocolate desserts. Here you are how to prepare at home the White Russian, with the tips of a professional barman.


  • 50 ml of vodka
  • 20 ml of coffee liqueur
  • ice
  • Liquid cream top

We asked Federico Volpe, Bar Manager of the Dry Milano restaurant, to prepare the White Russian recipe.

We tell you what you need to know about this creamy cocktail ready in 5 minutes, to serve as after dinner: the glass to use, the ingrediants right, some shrewdness and curiosity.

Follow the step by step recipe for making White Russian at home.

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You need them three ingredients: vodka, coffee liqueur and fresh cream.

This cocktail is served in a low tumbler. The preparation is simple: just mix all the ingredients directly in the glass with ice. The most delicate part to do is the semimonata cream top. The perfect White Russian would like a silky, even layer of cream that creates a straight line on the cocktail. As tools, get a jigger, a bar spoon and a shaker.

History: the White Russian is related to the Black Russian, born in 1949, at the time of the Cold War; the origins are not Russian, however, the drink was in fact invented by the Belgian Gustave Tops barman of the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, who created it in honor of the US ambassador Pearl Mesta, on an official visit to Europe. The name is due to the main ingredient of Russian origin: vodka.
The White version with cream on top is more contemporary and dates back to the 1970s.

Curiosity: White Russian is the favorite drink of the protagonist of the cult film The Big Lebowski, Dude, in English The Dude.

OTHER COCKTAILS TO TRY: Negroni, Spritz, Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Margarita, Mojito, Daiquiri, Manhattan, Cuba Libre, Cosmopolitan, Dry Martini

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How to prepare: White Russian

Easy execution Preparation time 5 min Servings 1

How to prepare: White Russian

White Russian Preparation - Phase 1

White Russian Preparation - Phase 1

To prepare the White Russian, start by pouring the vodka and then the coffee liqueur directly into the low tumbler glass.

White Russian Preparation - Phase 2

White Russian Preparation - Phase 2

Add ice cubes until the glass is full, using tongs to avoid contamination.

White Russian Preparation - Phase 3

White Russian Preparation - Phase 3

Mix gently with a bar spoon, long-handled spoon used to mix cocktails. At this point, half-mount the cream in a shaker and pour it as the top of the cocktail.

White Russian Preparation - Step 4

Top off your White Russian with coffee beans as a garnish. Have a good evening!