In this Irish White Russian recipe, you’ll replace the classic vodka and Kailua with Irish whiskey and coffee liqueur. This speciality White Russian cocktail is a fun twist on my favorite drink!
Being totally honest, this is one of my favorite drinks of all time. So delicious! I love the Kahlúa mixed with vodka and heavy cream – it’s almost like a dessert! I’m used to the classic drink, but have you ever tried a White Russian cocktail recipe that’s a bit different? You’re about to.
Why Do They Call it a White Russian?
I’ve ALWAYS wondered this, so I finally looked it up. Technically it was first called a “black Russian,” then when cream was added to the beverage, the “black” changed to “white” (although you can still order black Russians these days).
Everyone believes it’s because of the vodka in the original recipe, and the cocktail has been called that since the 1940s.
White . . . Leprechaun?
We’re bringing a pot of Irish gold with our Irish White Russian recipe. This cocktail recipe is a whimsical play on the iconic, legendary and stalwart cocktail. We decided to have a bit of fun and replaced the longstanding vodka with the one-upmanship of Irish whiskey. It’s technically not “Russian” anymore, and so I guess we can call it by a new name: a White Leprechaun!
We horse traded the Kahlúa for a spot of bright-eyed and busy-tailed coffee liqueur, and we’ve also swirled into the mix a thimbleful (or more) of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur. After a taste of our decidedly Gaelic infusion tell us we’ve done something wrong. 😀
PS – if you want to go for the traditional vodka for this recipe because that’s what you have, totally fine. But I’m asking you to try this next time, pretty please. It’s such a fun variation.
Now here’s the recipe. Oh, and by the way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Irish White Russian Cocktail Recipe
- 1 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 2 1/2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
- Dash of heavy cream
- Ice cubes
Glass: Use a standard rocks or whiskey glass.
Fill glass with ice cubes.
In a cocktail shaker add whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, coffee liqueur and a dash of heavy cream. Drop in an ice cube.
Shake vigorously and strain into an ice cube filled glass.
And whether or not you get “the chronics,” drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
Get the printable Irish White Russian recipe here:
Festive Irish White Russian Recipe
- Fill glass with ice cubes.
- In a cocktail shaker, add whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, coffee liqueur and a dash of heavy cream. Drop in an ice cube.
- Shake vigorously and strain into an ice cube filled glass. Serve immediately.
If you like this drink, you might like this Irish cream alcoholic milkshake. Talk about an amazing, boozy dessert! Click the image below to get the recipe: