Chocolate White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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Chocolate White Russian Nutrition Facts





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 Chocolate White Russian is a delicious twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. This drink is a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, dessert-like cocktail. The White Russian itself has a rich history, being popularized in the 1960s and gaining further fame from the film 'The Big Lebowski'. The addition of chocolate to this classic drink adds a layer of indulgence, making it perfect for those with a sweet tooth or for special occasions.

How Chocolate White Russian Tastes?

The Chocolate White Russian is a sweet, creamy, and indulgent cocktail. The rich flavor of chocolate is perfectly balanced with the smoothness of the vodka and the creaminess of the cream. The taste is reminiscent of a decadent dessert, with a slight kick from the alcohol.

Interesting facts about Chocolate White Russian

  • The White Russian cocktail, which the Chocolate White Russian is based on, was popularized in the 1960s.
  • The addition of chocolate to the White Russian makes it a great choice for dessert or special occasions.
  • Despite its name, the White Russian cocktail has no known Russian origins. The name likely comes from the use of vodka, a popular Russian spirit.


A few good options for Chocolate White Russian are:

  • Absolut
  • Belvedere
  • Ciroc

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Vodka is the backbone of this drink, providing a strong, clean alcohol base that lets the other flavors come forward. Using 2 oz is ideal to balance the strength and flavor; less would weaken the drink, more could overpower the subtleties of the coffee and chocolate.

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Coffee Liqueur

This adds a rich, deep coffee flavor that’s essential for the 'Russian' part of a White Russian. Without it, you lose depth and complexity. 1 oz is a sweet spot, ensuring a coffee kick without overshadowing the other ingredients.

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Heavy Cream

This turns your drink into a creamy indulgence. 1 oz gives that luxurious mouthfeel without turning the cocktail into a milkshake. Sans cream, you’d have a Black Russian—still delicious, but not as dessert-like.

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Chocolate Syrup

It provides the chocolate twist to the classic White Russian, making the cocktail more dessert-like. 1 oz is enough to impart chocolatey sweetness without making it cloying. Not using it? You'll miss out on the 'Chocolate' in your Chocolate White Russian!

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Recipe. How to make Chocolate White Russian Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka and coffee liqueur.
  3. Add the chocolate syrup and stir well.
  4. Top with the heavy cream and stir gently until combined.
  5. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or a chocolate stick, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • For a richer chocolate flavor, use a high-quality chocolate syrup or even melted chocolate.
  • Be sure to stir the drink well to fully combine the chocolate syrup with the other ingredients.
  • For an extra touch of indulgence, you can rim the glass with chocolate syrup and dip it in crushed chocolate cookies before pouring in the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate desserts: The sweet and creamy profile of this cocktail complements the richness of chocolate cakes or truffles.
  • Cheesecakes: The creamy element of the cocktail syncs well with the tangy creaminess of a cheesecake.

Coffee-flavored treats

  • Coffee cake or tiramisu: The coffee liqueur in the cocktail enhances the coffee elements in these desserts.


  • Salted nuts or nut-based desserts: The saltiness can contrast nicely with the sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Chocolate White Russian

  • If you don't have coffee liqueur, you can substitute it with a shot of strong brewed coffee.
  • For a dairy-free version, you can use coconut cream instead of heavy cream.
  • If you don't have chocolate syrup, you can melt some chocolate and use that instead.

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Mint Chocolate White Russian

Add 1/2 oz of crème de menthe to get a refreshing minty twist. The mint will add a cool contrast to the warm flavors of coffee and chocolate.

Spiked Chocolate White Russian

For an extra kick, float 1/2 oz of espresso vodka on top. It'll give a stronger coffee profile and an additional boozy punch, perfect for the coffee enthusiast.

Nutty Chocolate White Russian

Replace 1/2 oz of vodka with hazelnut liqueur. The nuttiness complements the chocolate and coffee, giving a subtle, toasty flavor that nut lovers will adore.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chocolate White 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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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Chocolate White Russian

What type of vodka is best suited for the Chocolate White Russian?

While any type of vodka can be used, for the best taste it's recommended to use a higher quality or premium brand of vodka.

Can the Coffee Liqueur be omitted from the Chocolate White Russian?

Yes, you can omit the Coffee Liqueur, however it does add a unique flavor to the cocktail that would be miss if it's omitted.

Is the Chocolate White Russian suitable for vegans?

As it is, the Chocolate White Russian contains heavy cream, which is a dairy product. However, it can easily be made vegan by substituting the heavy cream with a non-dairy alternative such as coconut cream.

Can I make a Chocolate White Russian without alcohol?

Yes, you can make this cocktail without alcohol by substituting the vodka and coffee liqueur with non-alcoholic alternatives. For instance, you could use non-alcoholic vodka and a coffee or chocolate flavoured syrup.

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