Vanilla Rum White Russian

Chances are you’ve heard of a White Russian, a rich creamy cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream served over ice. This beloved cocktail was created in the late 1940s by Gustave Tops, a Belgian barman who also created the White Russian’s sister cocktail a Black Russian which is simply a White Russian without the cream.

Milk is often substituted for the rich and decadent cream, but if you ask me, it’s the creamy, velvety richness of the cream that makes this cocktail sophisticated and exceptional. This is a special cocktail I love during the winter; it’s a lovely way to end an evening or to have as a reward after a long day on the ski slopes perhaps.

White Russian

Credit to this drink’s more recent popularity is tied to the 1998 blockbuster The Big Lebowski where it was predominantly featured. which elevated this cocktail to legendary status. For fun, I tweaked the traditional White Russian recipe opting for rum (and a dash of vanilla) instead of vodka, I think it adds nicely to the drink’s complexity. So, this winter, I encourage you to be whip of a White Russian, continue the New Year celebration, and be indulgent in a way you haven’t before.

White Russian

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

4 thoughts on "Vanilla Rum White Russian"

  1. Avatar photo Robin D Miller says:

    I can remember the first time I tasted a White Russian. It was in 1980. I really enjoyed the taste. I’m going to try this drink tonight. It’s feels like 2below here in Michigan. The perfect time for this drink. Thank you.

    1. Hi Robin- I too had not had one of these in years. It is worth revisiting, especially with the arctic air swirling around the country. I hope you enjoy it. Stay warm!

  2. Avatar photo Elena Friedrich says:

    White Russian with Rum and Vanilla is DELICIOUS!! What a great idea!

    1. Thank you. I love this drink, probably too much 😉 So glad you like it, thanks for taking the time to comment. Happy holidays to you!

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