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Irish White Russian Cocktail with Four Ingredients

In this Irish White Russian recipe, you’ll replace the classic vodka and Kahlua with Irish whiskey and Bailey’s coffee liqueur. This speciality White Russian cocktail is a fun twist on my favorite drink!

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Four-Ingredient Festive Irish White Russian Cocktail

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!

Irish White Russian Ingredients - Coffee Liqueur, Kahlua, Heavy Cream, Whiskey

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. What is the difference between the two? Here’s what the experts have to say:

  • “Bailey’s is smoother and buttery sweet. Kahlua is more coffee flavored.”
  • “Bailey’s tastes kinda nutty; Kahlua tastes more like chocolate.”
  • “Kahlua is coffee flavored in a rum base and is made with smashed Arabica coffee beans, caramelized sugar or corn syrup, and vanilla beans. Baileys is an Irish Whiskey base and caramelized sugar or corn syrup and cream (creamy toasted-caramel flavor).”

After a taste of our decidedly Gaelic infusion, tell us we’ve done something wrong. You won’t.

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!

White Russian with Whiskey

Ingredients

Glass: Use a standard rocks or whiskey glass.

Directions

Empty whiskey glass with ice cubes

Fill glass with ice cubes.

add whiskey, Bailey's Irish Cream, coffee liqueur and a dash of heavy cream

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.

Irish white Russian recipe

Serve and enjoy.

White leprechaun in a glass - white Russian cocktail with whiskey instead of vodka

And whether or not you get “the chronics,” drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

Irish White Russian cocktail with a spoon set on top of the glass

Get the printable Irish White Russian recipe here:

Yield: 1 cocktail

White Russian with Whiskey

Four-Ingredient Festive Irish White Russian Cocktail

In this Irish White Russian recipe, you'll replace the classic vodka and Kailua with Irish whiskey and coffee liqueur. You'll keep the Baileys. This speciality White Russian cocktail is a fun twist on my favorite drink! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 1/2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 T heavy cream
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Fill glass with ice cubes.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, coffee liqueur and a dash of heavy cream. Drop in an ice cube.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice cube filled glass. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g

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Mike

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

First of all, GREAT DRINK RECIPE!! However, it’s Kahlua which is in itself a coffee liqueur. Just busting your proverbial balls, this was a great twist on a classic!!

Amy

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Hahaha! Happy to take the busting. Glad you liked it!