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Sep 15, 2009 11:06 AM

White Russian variations, please

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

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      1. re: ScubaSteve

        Egg white is a great idea!

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

        1. re: sourcandy

          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

          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

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

        3. 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

            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: soupkitten

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

              2. re: Dave in the basement

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

                1. re: Dave in the basement

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

                  1. re: TroyTempest

                    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. :)


              3. 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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                1. re: roro1831

                  I daresay that is nothing short of brilliant!

                2. 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

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

                      1. re: TroyTempest

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

                        1. re: ac106

                          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.

                          1. re: ac106

                            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

                              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

                                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.

                                1. re: TroyTempest

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

                                  You mean coitus?

                                  1. re: ecwashere7

                                    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

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