How To Make A White Russian Without Coffee Liqueur: 3 Easy Ways

Do you want to know how to make a White Russian without coffee liqueur? In this article, we’ll share several tips for making this liqueur-free cocktail.

White Russian without coffee liqueur
You can make a White Russian without coffee liqueur

A White Russian is a smooth, creamy cocktail made from vodka, cream, and coffee liqueur. However, if you’re making cocktails at home, you don’t need to fret if you don’t have coffee liqueur on hand.

Whether you want a White Russian with a little less alcohol or a little less caffeine or want to use ingredients you already own, there are plenty of alternatives to coffee liqueur to make a White Russian that still packs a punch.

Making a White Russian without coffee liqueur is easy. All you must have are a few common household ingredients.

What Do You Need:

  • Vodka
  • Cream
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate extract
  • Coffee Ice Cream
  • Baileys (optional)
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Milk

How To Make A White Russian Without Coffee Liqueur

We have put together three different options for making a White Russian without coffee liqueur, so there should be something for everyone.  You can choose any of the three methods and enjoy your drink at home.

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Method 1

Step 1: Make A Coffee Liqueur Replacement

A glass of instant coffee on a plate
You can replace coffee liqueur with an instant coffee solution

To replace coffee liqueur, mix one teaspoon of instant coffee with two tablespoons of water. Then add this to half a teaspoon or a full teaspoon of chocolate extract. Put the mixture to one side and move on to the next step.

Step 2: Mix The Coffee And Vodka

Fill a glass with ice cubes. Add the vodka and the coffee liqueur replacement.

Step 3: Drizzle With Cream

Slowly drizzle the cream on top of the drink. Then swirl the cream in with the vodka and coffee liqueur replacement.

Step 4: Garnish

If you want to put a finishing touch on your drink, sprinkle it with some cocoa powder or cinnamon.

Step 5: Serve

Your drink is ready to enjoy!

Method 2: 

Step 1: Add Regular Coffee

Machine serving espresso
Use an equivalent of an espresso shot for a milder White Russian

For a milder White Russian, simply replace the amount of coffee liqueur with the equivalent of an espresso shot, or add an equivalent amount of coffee either from a cold brew or a strong cup of coffee.  Espresso can also be substituted for non-alcoholic coffee extract or coffee syrup. Bear in mind that this version will be less sweet than other White Russian recipes.

Step 2: Start Preparing The Drink

Leave your coffee to one side. Then fill a small glass with ice. Add the vodka and coffee to the glass. You might want to add some sugar or simple syrup for some sweetness.

Step 3: Add The Cream

Add cream to the top of your drink. Then stir the mixture together.

Step 4: Garnish

Feel free to top your drink with a dash of cocoa powder or cinnamon to garnish.

Step 5: Serve

Your drink is ready to be served!

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Method 3:

Step 1: Allow Coffee Ice-Cream To Soften

Mocha ice cream in a wafer bowl
You can use melted coffee ice cream

Allow the coffee ice cream to soften. Ideally, you should get plain coffee ice cream. It is fine if it’s not completely melted as long as it is soft enough to be malleable.

Step 2: Mix The Ice-Cream With Some Milk

Once the coffee ice cream has melted enough, put it in a glass and stir in a dash of milk.

Step 3: Add The Alcohol

Add a vodka shot to the coffee and ice cream mix and stir.

Step 4: Add Some Bailey’s (Optional)

For a little extra special treat, add some Baileys to your drink It will give it a wonderful sweetness and creaminess.

Step 5: Mix Your Drink

Mix the concoction together. It technically isn’t officially a White Russian if we’re being picky, but you still have a creamy coffee cocktail without coffee liqueur.

Step 6: Garnish

Sprinkle some cacao powder or cinnamon on top of your drink. This version of a White Russian cocktail should also be thick enough to top with some coffee beans. You may also be interested in reading about the varieties of cacao.


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