White Russian Recipe: A Cocktail History

White Russian Recipe | Brew N Bottle

Ever wonder why someone thought, “Hey, let’s put vodka and cream together and see if it tastes good”? Same. So we thought it would be fun to delve into the origin story of this tasty cocktail while we also give you a delicious and delightful White Russian recipe to enjoy.

First fun fact. The White Russian didn’t actually come from Russia. The (or at least part of) cocktail history actually began with a cocktail created by a bartender in Brussels in the late 1940s to honor the US diplomat to Luxembourg at the time. That drink was called the Black Russian (Vodka and Kahlua without the cream…). But at that time, no one really cared much for vodka. 

Moving forward to the 1960s, vodka had a bit of a wider introduction thanks to a clever bar owner in Los Angeles. He put Vodka together with Ginger Beer and had celebrities put their names on copper mugs as a marketing ploy. It worked. The Moscow Mule was born, with many other popular vodka drinks to follow. No surprise that in the 70s people were mixing everything together with vodka, including Kahlua and milk - vodka was the choice because it had no flavor. You could mix it with anything and it wouldn’t alter the profile of the drink. 

As with many other drinks that were indulged in the 1970s, the White Russian faded back into obscurity. That is until its resurgence thanks to a famous 1990s film.

Now that we’ve tantalized your taste buds we’ll tempt you with our special White Russian recipe. With only 4 ingredients, it’s simple to make and tastes absolutely heavenly. 

White Russian Ingredients

  • 1 2.7oz bottle of Brew N Bottle Cold Brew
  • 2 oz of your favorite vodka
  • ½ cup of half and half 
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup

Mixing Directions

Add all of your ingredients together in a shaker, toss in some ice and give it a shake! Have a thirst for more coffee-based news and treats? Head over to our blog and get your fix! Something you’d like to share? Get in touch! We love to hear from our community.

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