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White Russian variations, please

Dave in the basement Sep 15, 2009 11:06 AM

Hello all,

I'd like to try my hand at making some White Russians this weekend, and there are jillions of recipes out there. Probably not as many variations as the Bloody Mary, but hey... So please take a moment to list me your favorite recipe.

Many thanks in advance. Cheers!


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    soupkitten Sep 15, 2009 11:12 AM

    huh? a white russian is just ice plus 3 things. although, a nice variation (too sweet for me) that a lot of WR fans love is to sub a vanilla vodka for the regular vodka.

    in rocks glass, build: ice, 1.5 oz kahlua, 1.5 oz vanilla vodka. top with cream (please use good cream). filbert garnish is optional.

    1. ScubaSteve Sep 15, 2009 02:00 PM

      i've seen some riffs on the WR using egg whites in place of the dairy.

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      1. re: ScubaSteve
        sourcandy Sep 16, 2009 11:44 AM

        Egg white is a great idea!

        Why not try making your own coffee liqueur instead of using name brand Kahlua?

        1. re: sourcandy
          Dave in the basement Sep 21, 2009 11:15 AM

          If my falernum is not a complete disaster, I may try my hand at making my own coffee liqueur next. Lord knows there should be fewer ingredients.

          Do you have a favorite recipe, perchance?

        2. re: ScubaSteve
          powderhound Sep 17, 2009 01:28 PM

          Oh, that is inspired! I was reading this thread lamenting not being able to have a WR again as I am relegated to a fat-free existence and then this stroke of genius.

          You just made chilly Fall nights by the fire FUN again :)

          1. re: powderhound
            invinotheresverde Sep 18, 2009 09:19 AM

            You can use fat-free milk. While it's obviously not the same, it's definitely still enjoyable.

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          TooLooseLaTrek Sep 16, 2009 10:24 AM

          A White Russian is a pretty straight forward drink.I don't know of many variations.You could add some Bailey's Irish Cream and make a Mudslide.

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          1. re: TooLooseLaTrek
            Dave in the basement Sep 16, 2009 10:51 AM

            Thank you for the replies, everyone. I was told by a "real Russian" that his family's recipe for a White Russian is equal parts vodka, Kahlua, cream, and milk.

            Of course I am not sure that White Russians actually originated in Russia, so perhaps his opinion shouldn't be held in such high regard. LOL

            I am sure my wife will be on board if I add Bailey's to the mix, so I will give that a shot as well. I'll be skipping the filbert garnish since I have no idea what that is. :)


            1. re: Dave in the basement
              soupkitten Sep 16, 2009 01:06 PM

              filberts=hazelnuts ;)

              1. re: soupkitten
                pacheeseguy Sep 17, 2009 01:26 PM

                Using a grater, you can add a garnish of filbert, almonds, or nutmeg for a different taste.

              2. re: Dave in the basement
                sourcandy Sep 17, 2009 06:38 AM

                Hazelnut! Of course! What about replacing all or part of the Kahlua with some Frangelico?

                1. re: Dave in the basement
                  TroyTempest Sep 17, 2009 06:43 AM

                  If you are using equal parts milk and cream, wouldn't half and half be the same thing?

                  1. re: TroyTempest
                    Dave in the basement Sep 21, 2009 11:17 AM

                    My wife ended up buying half-and-half, so I guess I'll see how things pan out. Of course she also had a few too many drinks over the weekend, so I may be trying these out by my lonesome tonight. :)


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                roro1831 Sep 16, 2009 01:24 PM

                I had a friend that added sugar to his, making it a very sweet white russian, so we named it the Anna Kornikova

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                  Dave in the basement Sep 21, 2009 11:15 AM

                  I daresay that is nothing short of brilliant!

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                  ac106 Sep 17, 2009 01:13 PM

                  With soymilk: White Vegetarian
                  With rum: Blanco Cubano
                  With coffee creamer: Caucasian
                  With goat’s milk: White Canadian

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                  1. re: ac106
                    invinotheresverde Sep 18, 2009 09:23 AM

                    Did the Dude use coffee creamer? I can't remember.

                    1. re: invinotheresverde
                      TroyTempest Sep 18, 2009 11:12 AM

                      No, he poured some liquid milk product.

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                        ac106 Sep 18, 2009 01:16 PM

                        Yes The Dude certainly made a White Russian with powdered non-dairy creamer

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                          TroyTempest Sep 18, 2009 02:15 PM

                          I just saw this about 2 weeks ago, I don't recall seeing him use powdered non-dairy. I'm going to have to go rent it again.

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                            TroyTempest Jan 29, 2010 06:55 AM

                            I am going to have to correct you ac106. The Big Lebowski was on cable last night. I didn't watch it all the way through, but I saw him make 2 complete white russians in his house.
                            Vodka, Kahlua, Milk based product from a carton.
                            In fact in the first scene he goes to the store to buy a carton of something that looks like half and half,writes a check for under a dollar for it.

                            I saw him drink 2 others, but they didn't show them being made from beginning to end, but there was no non-dairy creamer in them. So unless the Dude used the non-dairy in the maybe 30 minutes of the movie that i missed there was no non-dairy creamer used.

                            1. re: TroyTempest
                              ac106 Jan 30, 2010 08:59 AM

                              Well i can't help it if you have have some sort of visual recognition problem. He clearly makes a White Russian with creamer powder in a scene with Maude Lebowski.

                              It's not like i am imagining this. go to google and search on: big lebowski "coffee creamer"

                              1. re: ac106
                                TroyTempest Feb 1, 2010 05:19 AM

                                Well, it looks like i'm going to be forced to rent this again and watch it without interruptions. Fortunately there are a lot worse movies to rent.

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                                  ecwashere7 Feb 3, 2010 07:19 AM

                                  He most definitely makes a white russian with coffee creamer at Maude's.

                                  You mean coitus?

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                                    TroyTempest Feb 3, 2010 08:38 AM

                                    ok, you got me. I'm not going to argue with 2 people. Maude must have been out of H&H. I still contend that his first choice is not powdered creamer, at least when he makes them in his own house.

                        2. re: invinotheresverde
                          pacheeseguy Sep 18, 2009 11:29 AM

                          The Dude is the gold standard of WRs.
                          It's not just the drink, it's the attitude.

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                        soupkitten Sep 17, 2009 01:39 PM

                        i hesitate to mention the ol' colorado bulldog. . . it's a white russian in a tall glass, topped with cola. a very popular sweet drink/starter drink. you can even put a cherry on top of this one. a bit like an alcoholic float. then of course you can also play with the flavorings of the fizzy soda-- use a good root beer, for example, or switch up the kahlua (though you probably still want a heavy, high sugar fruit based liqueur), paired with a gourmet hibiscus or guava pop. . .

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                          tnilsson Sep 18, 2009 11:18 AM

                          I would highly recommend that you replace the Kahlua with Illy Coffee Liquor. It actually tastes like real coffee. Hard to find, but very worth it.

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                            quazi Sep 21, 2009 02:41 PM

                            I would try orgeat in place of the dairy. It would give you the mouth feel for sure.

                            1. shanagain Oct 1, 2009 04:18 PM

                              When I used to tend bar, I made a pretty, sweet drink (that one friend insisted tasted like strawberry Quik) by making a basic WR + a splash of creme de cassis.

                              I miss tending bar - so many stupid combinations, so little $$$ output!

                              1. ScubaSteve Oct 4, 2009 08:09 AM


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                                1. re: ScubaSteve
                                  Dave in the basement Oct 13, 2009 11:21 AM

                                  Love the name (El Dude!), but tequila and I are no longer friends. Thanks for trying, though!


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