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Bailey’s White Russian Recipe

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Bailey’s White Russian recipe is a creamy, sweet cocktail with a perfect blend of vodka, Kahlua, cream and Irish cream liqueur. It’s a fun twist on the classic White Russian recipe, but this Bailey’s White Russian has a hint of chocolate and it’s extra creamy.

Bailey's White Russian drink with a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream in the background.

Bailey’s White Russian.

The Bailey’s White Russian recipe is a super creamy cocktail because of the Irish cream liqueur and half and half (or heavy cream), which makes this an amazing after dinner drink.

It’s one of most popular cocktail recipes during the holiday season and on St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, it’s delicious anytime, even during happy hour!

And, If you love a delicious cocktail based on this White Russian cocktail recipe, you might want to try this Peanut Butter Whiskey White Russian or this Rumchata White Russian.

Bailey's White Russian cocktail with a Bailey's bottle in the background.

First of All, What is a White Russian?

The White Russian cocktail is a classic drink that obtained a cult status after the Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowski movie made it famous. He orders them excessively through out the movie! It’s still a favorite drink ordered a the bar or made at home.

Typically served in a rocks glass (or an old fashioned glass), it’s actually a simple cocktail and it is not from Russia. Both the Black Russian and the White Russian drinks were created by a Belgium bartender by the name of Gustave Tops in the 1940’s to honor a U.S. Ambassador. The Russian part of the name is in recognition of one of the main ingredients, vodka.

A Black Russian is made with Kahlua and Vodka and the White Russian recipe has the addition of cream.

More White Russian Recipes to Enjoy

Try a delicious alternative:

Original White Russian

Peanut Butter Whiskey White Russian

Rumchata White Russian

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Bailey’s White Russian Ingredients

Bailey’s Original Irish Cream: A creamy Irish liqueur made from Irish whiskey, cream, and chocolate. It is a part of the cream liqueur family and it’s one of the most popular liqueurs in the world. Bailey’s cocktails are the perfect way to finish off the night.

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur: A coffee-flavored liqueur made from arabica coffee, sugar, and rum. It has a smooth, rich taste of coffee flavors often used in cocktails like a chocolate martini or this tasty Tiramisu Martini.

Vodka: Use your favorite vodka.

Cream: Because the Bailey’s is a creamy Liqueur, use a light cream such as Half & Half. If you want your drink extra creamy, use Heavy Cream.

Bailey's White Russian Ingredients lined up on a counter top.

 

How to Make a Bailey’s White Russian

Here are the step-by-step directions to make this easy cocktail.

Step 1: Grab your rocks glass and pour in 2 oz of Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Pouring Bailey's Irish Cream into a rocks glass.

 

Step 2: Add in 1.5 oz of Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Adding in a shot of Kahlua into the glass.

 

Step 3: Add in 1.5 oz of Vodka

Pouring a shot of Vodka into the cocktail glass already filled with Bailey's and Kahlua.

 

Step 4: Fill your glass with ice cubes.

Step 5: Top with 1 oz of half and half cream.

Pouring half and half cream into the cocktail glass.

 

Step 6: Stir before drinking.

Tip: If you’re not concerned with a swirly look for presentation, you can make this drink in a cocktail shaker.

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add a few ice cubes. Shake the cocktail shaker until the outside is chilled then strain into your rocks glass filled with ice.

Garnish

Here are a few garnishes you may want to add if your serving guests:

  • Garnish with candy canes for the holidays. Use them as a stirrer and you’ll add a slight peppermint flavor.
  • Garnish the rim with chocolate syrup and then dip the rim in chocolate shavings.

Bailey's White Russian drink with a bottle of Bailey's Original Irish Cream in background.

 

Try this tasty cocktail at home or as a special drink to serve at a dinner party.

This Bailey’s White Russian is a delicious twist on the classic variation and will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Cheers!

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Bailey's White Russian

Bailey's White Russian drink with a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream in the background.

Baileys White Russian recipe is a creamy, sweet cocktail with a perfect blend of vodka, Kahlua, cream and Irish cream liqueur. It's a fun twist on the classic White Russian recipe, but this Bailey's White Russian has a hint of chocolate and it's extra creamy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1.5 oz Kahlua Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Half & Half or Heavy Cream
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass and pour in Bailey's Irish Cream.
  2. Add Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  3. Add Vodka
  4. Fill your glass with ice.
  5. Top with half and half cream.
  6. Stir before drinking.

Notes

See post for any variations of additional garnish ideas. Drink Responsibly.

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