Blonde Russian Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Blonde Russian is a twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. It's a creamy, indulgent drink that swaps out the traditional coffee liqueur for butterscotch schnapps. This gives it a sweeter, more caramel-like flavor that's perfect for dessert lovers. It's a great choice for anyone who enjoys rich, creamy cocktails with a hint of sweetness.

How Blonde Russian Tastes?

The Blonde Russian is a sweet, creamy cocktail with a rich, buttery flavor. The butterscotch schnapps gives it a caramel-like sweetness, while the cream adds a luxurious, velvety texture. The vodka provides a subtle kick, balancing out the sweetness and adding depth to the drink.

Interesting facts about Blonde Russian

  • The Blonde Russian is a variation of the White Russian, which is itself a variation of the Black Russian.
  • Despite its name, the Blonde Russian has no known Russian origins. The name likely comes from the use of vodka, a spirit often associated with Russia.
  • The Blonde Russian is often enjoyed as a dessert cocktail due to its sweet, creamy flavor.


A few good options for Blonde Russian are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka (1.5 oz) is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a clean canvas for the flavors to shine. It's crisp and usually neutral, adding the kick without overwhelming the sweet and creamy elements. If you skimp on it, you'll have a drink that's overly sweet and mellow. If you're adventurous, switch vodka for a flavored variety like vanilla to add an extra layer of taste.

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Butterscotch Schnapps

Butterscotch Schnapps (1 oz) is your sweet melody in the symphony of the Blonde Russian. It brings a rich, caramel-like sweetness that pairs delectably with the cream. Less schnapps could leave your cocktail tasting a bit flat, while too much might be overly sweet. Swap it with caramel liqueur for a similar but slightly more nuanced flavor.

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Cream (1 oz) is what gives this cocktail its smooth finish and rich mouthfeel. Without it, the Blonde Russian would be a harsh, unbalanced concerto. The cream softens the vodka and melds harmoniously with the butterscotch schnapps. Opt for half-and-half for a lighter version, or a non-dairy alternative like coconut cream for a vegan twist.

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Recipe. How to make Blonde Russian Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and cream into the glass.
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality vodka for the best flavor.
  • For a colder drink, chill the vodka and butterscotch schnapps before use.
  • For a creamier texture, shake the ingredients with ice before pouring into the glass.

Perfect Pairings


Pair the Blonde Russian with rich, buttery desserts such as cheesecake or salted caramel brownies to complement the butterscotch notes.


A nice cup of espresso or latte can be a great follow-up, echoing the creamy profile of the cocktail.

Savory Snacks

Choose bold-flavored snacks like mixed nuts or sharp cheeses that can stand up to the sweetness of the butterscotch and the boldness of vodka.

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What you could change in Blonde Russian

If you don't have butterscotch schnapps, you can substitute it with caramel syrup or caramel-flavored liqueur. If you want to make the drink lighter, you can use half-and-half or milk instead of cream.

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Espresso Blonde Russian

  • Add a shot of espresso to the classic recipe
  • Combine vodka, butterscotch schnapps, cream, and espresso in a shaker with ice
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice
  • This version offers a coffee kick that will delight any caffeine lover, bringing a bittersweet dimension that balances the sweetness of schnapps.

Chocolate Blonde Russian

  • Replace butterscotch schnapps with chocolate liqueur
  • Mix vodka, chocolate liqueur, and cream in a rocks glass with ice
  • A chocolatey twist that’s perfect for those who crave a dessert-like cocktail; the chocolate liqueur adds depth and a velvety touch.

Cinnamon Spice Blonde Russian

  • Add a dash of cinnamon syrup to the mixture
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick
  • The warmth of cinnamon introduces a spiced complexity making the drink reminiscent of holiday seasons or a perfect fireside companion.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blonde Russian

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blonde Russian

Can I use a different type of alcohol besides vodka?

While vodka is a staple in the Blonde Russian, you can try experimenting with other clear spirits like gin or white rum. However, the taste will vary.

What is the best time to serve the Blonde Russian drink?

Blonde Russian is often enjoyed as an after-dinner drink, but you can serve it anytime. It is a popular choice at parties due to its sweet, creamy flavor.

Can I serve the Blonde Russian without ice?

Yes, but it's recommended to serve it chilled. If not serving with ice, make sure all your ingredients are cold.

Can I garnish the drink with something other than a sprig of mint?

Of course! While the mint gives a fresh aroma, other options could include a twist of lemon, a cherry, or even a small caramel candy.

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