White Russian

Alex Day

Cocktail Codex

Nick Fauchald

Cocktail Codex

David Kaplan

Cocktail Codex

Devon Tarby

Cocktail Codex

"Some variations on the Flip template are simple concoctions that omit the egg, contain just a few ingredients, and are simply built in the serving glass. The classic White Russian is just such a drink. Because there’s nothing complicated about these drinks, the quality of their ingredients is paramount. The White Russian is often derided, but it’s actually more carefully balanced than its reputation suggests. The fact that it calls for half-and-half, rather than cream, makes it light enough for everyday drinking; plus, if it called for heavy cream, the coffee flavor of the liqueur could be overwhelmed.”—JBF Award winners Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, with Devon Tarby



  • 1 1/2 ounces Absolut Elyx vodka
  • 1 ounce Caffé Lolita coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • 3 coffee beans for garnish



Combine the vodka and liqueur in a double Old-Fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir briefly. Layer the half-and-half on top. Garnish with the coffee beans.


White Russian is excerpted from Cocktail Codex © 2018 by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan. Photography © 2018 by James Ho and Jeni Afuso. Reproduced by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved



1 serving