Dairy Free White Russian | Vodka and coffee liqueur swirled with dairy-free cream, served on the rocks. Sweet, creamy, coffee-flavoured, and entirely vegan, what’s not to love about this timeless holiday cocktail? This vegan white Russian recipe will complete your holiday season.
This creamy vegan white russian is the perfect cocktail for the holiday season, whether it be holiday parties, cookie decorating contests, or snuggling up to watch your favourite movies. It requires only 3 simple ingredients. Vodka, coffee liqueur, and plant-based cream.
This is my favourite cocktail and go to choice, it’s a sweet creamy cocktail and its easy peasy!
A classic white Russian cocktail may be the most easy cocktail ever, it’s effortlessly delicious, made from vodka and coffee liqueur served on the rocks and swirled with heavy cream, or in this case, vegan cream. The drink is usually served in a rocks glass, also known as a whiskey glass.
If you follow a vegan diet, this is the ideal drink for you. This vegan white russian is a next level delicious cocktail!
With so many vegan alternatives to dairy cream and milk, there is no need to miss out on classic cocktails like the white Russian. Whether you use vegan heavy cream or vegan half and half like The Dude from Big Lebowski, you’re bound to enjoy this vegan white Russian recipe.
White Russian Ratio
How you drink a white Russian is totally up to you. A traditional white Russian is pretty strong, using a 1:1:1 ratio of vodka to coffee liqueur to cream. But if you prefer something that won’t get you sloshed after 2 drinks, you could try 1:1:3. You can also use only 1/2 oz of vodka and 1/2 oz of coffee liqueur.
If you want a weaker cocktail, try making the white Russian as the instructions say, and then top it off with some plant milk, like coconut milk or almond milk.
Having had my fair share of white Russians, I assure you that whatever ratio you use, it’s going to be just as creamy and delicious as any other. Pick a cute glass, make this dairy free cocktail and drink responsibly!
Is Kahlua Vegan?
No, Kahlua is not vegan-friendly. The company explicitly states on their website that Kahlua liqueur is not suitable for vegans, but is suitable for vegetarians. One of the main ingredients contains milk protein.
What Coffee Liqueur Should I Use?
Depending on your dietary preferences and needs, you can use Kamora Coffee Liqueur, which is vegan, or Kahlua, though it is not vegan friendly or dairy free. These seem to be the only two options for coffee liqueur here in Canada, so you can always browse the shelves of your local liquor store and use any coffee liqueur you see.
More about the ingredients in this recipe. The exact measurements are below.
Grab a rocks glass and fill it with 3-4 large ice cubes.
Add the vodka.
Add the coffee liqueur.
Pour the vegan cream over top. You can add more or less depending on your personal preference.
Give it a stir with a spoon and enjoy.
Tips for making vegan white Russians
What to serve with white Russian cocktails
When you’re engaging in alcoholic consumption, it’s important to pace yourself and to consume water and food as well.
Enjoy a refreshing glass of iced water between each cocktail!
For gatherings like a Christmas Eve party, serve some festive desserts. Try chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate hazelnut tartlets or your favourite cookies.
Store the vodka in the freezer for extra chilliness. Due to the sugar content in the coffee liqueur, do not store it in the freezer. The texture will change significantly. If you want it to be extra cold though, you could pop it into the freezer for an hour or two at most.
Make the white Russians as needed or if you’re having a holiday party you could make a large batch, omitting the ice cubs, and store it in a container in the fridge to serve as needed. This could make things easier if you’ll be busy.
No, Kahlua is not vegan, it even says so on its website. Kahlua coffee liqueur contains milk protein.
Kamora coffee liqueur is a popular vegan alternative to Kahlua.
Simply use dairy-free cream instead of dairy based cream. Some options are oat creamer, cashew creamer or coconut cream.
Absolutely. Plant milk is a great alternative to dairy based cream for white Russians, but you may want to use plant based cream for a thicker consistency.
Dairy Free White Russian
- 1 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
- 3 oz dairy free cream I recommend oat or cashew based cream
- 3-4 Ice cubes
- Fill a glass with ice cubes and add the vodka and coffee liqueur. Add the cream and gently stir with a spoon.
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