Irish Cream White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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Irish Cream White Russian Cocktail – a delicious twist on the classic cocktail with Irish cream, Kahlua, and vodka for a cold creamy cocktail that is easy to make and so delicious!

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White Russians with Baileys

Irish Cream White Russians are perfect for holidays – or anytime you’d like a drink that is sweet and comforting. This cocktail is cold, creamy, and delicious – and tastes just like a milkshake, just not as thick! We’re taking the classic White Russian flavor and adding Irish Cream to it – for a Bailey’s kick that is dessert-worthy! These Irish White Russians are pretty and easy to mix up, so they are great for a party, or a cozy night in.

Even though this drink is on ice, the creaminess is rich enough to make this drink perfect in warm or cold weather – we love it at Christmas, or to celebrate Saint Patricks Day, or even at night in summer outside by the firepit!

I hope you love these white Russians as much as I do – and if you’d like to try another version, check out our Caramel White Russian Cocktail Recipe! Our Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail Recipe is also out of this world delicious!

Outside of being one of the main characters of one of my favorite cult movies – White Russian Cocktails are insanely delicious, creamy, almost dessert like drinks. They are milky – but not thick – and taste almost like a cookies and creme milkshake. White Russians are perfect to sip for dessert or at a party!

Much like Moscow Mules, White Russians didn’t originate anywhere near Russia – they are from a cocktail bar in Los Angeles! Since they include vodka, they took on their Russian moniker – and have taken over ever since!

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How To Make White Russians

We love this cocktail for how easy it is – you don’t need any specialty equipment outside of a spoon, and the liquors.

  • 1½ ounce Irish cream
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce kahlua
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
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Recipe FAQ’s

Can I pre-mix Irish White Russians?

I pre-mix vodka and Kahlua for White Russians – but I wouldn’t add the Baileys or cream/half and half until you’re ready to drink.

Can I Use Milk in a White Russian?

If you don’t have cream you can use milk or half and half – but not low-fat milk or milk substitute – or the drink will curdle.

Will a White Russian Curdle?

Is there a dairy free alternative?

If you need a reliable non-dairy alternative to cream, use coconut milk at a 1:1 ratio. Bailey’s has a delicious almond milk version you can use, too!

Other Delicious Cocktails You’ll Love

If you love these creamy Baileys White Russians, be sure to check out some of our other favorite cocktails.

We love this crisp and cool Port and Tonic recipe, our to-die-for Hot Buttered Rum Cider, or our Traditional French Vin Chaud (Mulled Wine) Recipe!

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Irish Cream White Russian Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Classic White Russians get a holiday/St. Patty's day twist with the addition of Irish Cream. Made with three different alcohols and heavy cream, this is a rich and indulgent cocktail!


  • 1½ ounce Irish cream
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce kahlua
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients to an old fashioned rocks glass over ice and stir.
  2. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and enjoy.


I prefer the addition of cream in this because it makes it extra creamy, however, if you prefer, you can substitute the cream for more Irish Cream.

Irish Cream coffee creamer is also a delicious substitute if you want the drink to be sweeter.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 441Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 34mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 0gSugar 31gProtein 1g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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