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It's not just a staple from Dude in The Big Lebowski; the White Russian, with its silky taste of coffee liqueur, can be the perfect after-dinner tipple or an indulgent aperitif. It made its debut as the chilled-out sibling of the Black Russian in the late 1940s, a clear vodka mixed with coffee liqueur in a 3:1 ratio. The Black Russian quickly rose in popularity due to its strength, taste and ease to make.
However, in the 1960s, the White Russian was made by simply adding a smooth cream finish. From then on, it strutted its stuff onto disco floors in the 1970s to the hit we see today. What better way to give a nod to the 60s than celebrating its recent comeback? Our perfect White Russian recipe will be a guaranteed hit everywhere, from at a trendy bar to a laid-back soiree.
The beauty of this vintage drink is its versatility. The triple threat of cream, spirit and coffee liqueur can be mixed up in all sorts of different ways. The spirit of choice is Kahlua, a rum-based liqueur with cane sugar, vanilla and a hit of Arabica coffee. This, with a dash of vodka and cream and the fabulous drink is ready.
If you want to mix up your White Russian recipe, you can use Baileys or Tia Maria for that extra kick. However, if you really want to transport yourself to the 60s for that authentic taste, Kahlua is the tipple of the time. The cream can be substituted for your choice of milk or even vanilla ice cream for that soft velvety feel. However, if you want to stay true to the vintage vibe here's our White Russian recipe:
White Russian recipe
- 45ml chilled vodka
- 20ml Kahlua
- 20ml light cream
The White Russian can be found in trendy hipster bars or can be served as a refreshing after-dinner drink. The sweet and creamy notes can be a stimulant for the appetite and palate, which makes it perfect for an aperitif or digestif at a dinner party.
The perfect White Russian recipe should resemble an enhanced Irish Coffee with that warm dash of vodka. It is a sophisticated, creamy drink, which is to be savoured and enjoyed slowly.
Enjoying the White Russian
The perfect outfit for the White Russian would be to echo the swirling caramel colours. The layers of cream on black can be emulated by wearing a cream coloured, lacy dress with black accessories that really pop, whether it comes from a clutch, gloves or sky high heels. Add the finishing touch of a luxurious stole to match the drink's indulgence and its Russian influence, and you're good to go.
As for the drink itself, you can see the White Russian served in a multitude of ways, from highball to cocktail glasses. However, to harness that vintage feel, you can't go wrong with serving it in an Old Fashioned glass, on the rocks. Don't be shy to indulge in this purely luxurious drink!