This decadent Kahlúa White Russian cocktail requires 3 ingredients and 5 minutes. Why decide between dessert and an after-dinner drink when you can have them both in one glass?
A Kahlúa White Russian cocktail is my go-to after-dinner drink. How can you go wrong with dark, rich Kahlúa balanced with smooth vodka and finished with a splash of cream? Short answer: You can't.
It's pretty much the perfect drink.
Why you will love this cocktail
✔️ It's fool-proof. What can be more straightforward than 3 ingredients over ice with a quick stir?
✔️ It's easy to customize. Use vanilla vodka or salted caramel Kahlúa to change the flavor profile.
✔️ Short ingredient list. Kahlúa and vodka are staple components of any well-stocked home bar. Pick up some fresh heavy cream at the store and you are set.
You only need 3 ingredients for this tasty drink.
Heavy Cream: The heavy cream is worth the extra calories given the richness it adds to the drink. You can use milk, but it will taste a little decadent and the consistency will be thinner.
Vodka: Use a good quality vodka in a drink that has such a small ingredient list. It definitely makes a difference in the smoothness of the cocktail.
Just measure, pour and stir and your Kahlúa White Russian is ready.
Fill a lowball glass with ice and add Kahlúa, vodka, and heavy cream. Stir and serve immediately.
Kahlúa is a liqueur that has been around since the 1930s. It originated in Mexico and is made with rum, vanilla bean, coffee, and sugar. It's naturally gluten- and dairy-free. Now that you have a bottle on hand, try shaking up a Kahlúa Espresso Martini.
Absolutely. It may not be as rich, but it will still be delicious. Simply swap out the whipping cream and use your favorite non-dairy beverage. Oat milk or almond milk would be tasty options.
The easiest way to change the flavors in this Kahlúa White Russian is to swap vanilla vodka for regular vodka or use a different Kahlúa flavor. Salted Caramel and Blonde Roast Kahlúa are just a few of the options. Get creative!
Expert Tips for the best Kahlúa White Russian
▶︎ Use lots of ice. Cold drinks are the best drinks.
▶︎ Measure your ingredients. The right ratio of Kahlúa, vodka, and cream is critical for a balanced Kahlúa White Russian.
▶︎ Use heavy whipping cream. Yes, it adds a few calories but the richness it adds to the drink is worth it.
▶︎ Use good vodka. The vodka you use makes a difference. When you have a drink with only 3 ingredients the quality of each ingredient is important. Our go-to brands are Stolichnaya, Tito's, or Loonman (a local favorite!).
▶︎ Upgrade your glassware. A good drink calls for a good glass. We love a heavy glass with a thin rim around the top. Perfect for sipping any cocktail.
More After Dinner Drinks
Sometimes a cocktail after dinner is better than dessert! Here are some more of our after dinner favorite sips.
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Kahlua White Russian
- 3 ounces Kahlúa
- 2 ounces Vodka
- 1 ounce Heavy cream
- Fill a low ball glass with ice.
- Pour Kahlúa and vodka into glass and top with a splash of heavy cream.3 ounces Kahlúa, 2 ounces Vodka, 1 ounce Heavy cream
- Stir and serve immediately.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
Perfect winter cocktail! I wish I could drink some with you ladies!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Loving this classic drink! Pass it over here!
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
White Russians are my husband and I's favorite winter drink! Its a dessert and cocktail all in one. Can't beat that! 🙂
Couldn't agree more, Meg! Cheers!