Coconut White Russian Cocktail Recipe

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Coconut 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 Coconut White Russian is a tropical twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. The original White Russian was created in the mid-20th century and gained popularity due to its feature in the 1998 film, 'The Big Lebowski'. The Coconut White Russian, with its creamy coconut flavor, is a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, dessert-like cocktail. It's perfect for those who love the original but are looking for a unique variation.

How Coconut White Russian Tastes?

This cocktail is creamy, sweet, and slightly nutty. The coconut milk gives it a tropical twist, while the vodka and coffee liqueur provide a strong, robust flavor. It's a rich and indulgent drink that leaves a lingering taste of coconut on the palate.

Interesting facts about Coconut White Russian

  • The White Russian is often referred to as a 'dessert cocktail' due to its sweet and creamy taste.
  • The addition of coconut milk in this variation gives it a tropical twist, making it a popular choice for summer.
  • Despite its name, the White Russian has no known Russian origins. The name likely comes from the use of vodka, a popular Russian spirit.


A few good options for Coconut White Russian are:

  • Absolut
  • Belvedere
  • Ciroc

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Vodka is the backbone of the White Russian; it provides a neutral yet strong alcohol base that supports the rich flavors of the cocktail. Using 2 oz gives it a punch without overwhelming the other ingredients. Too much, you'd be in spirit town, too little, and you might wonder where the booze is!

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Coffee Liqueur

Ah, Coffee Liqueur - the soul of any self-respecting White Russian. At 1 oz, it brings just enough coffee essence and sweetness to harmonize with the vodka. Omit this, and you're left with coconut vodka milk - not quite the same ring to it, huh? A substitute like a chicory-based coffee syrup can play a similar tune but with a slightly different dance.

Mary Mitkina

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk instead of cream? You bet. At 1 oz, it provides a tropical twist to the traditionally creamy flavor without overpowering the cocktail. Sans coconut milk, you're just north of a classic White Russian. For an alternative try almond milk for a nuttier profile; the cocktail will have a different kind of sweetness and less creaminess. But remember, the Coconut White Russian is about that island vibe, even if you're landlocked!

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Ice Cubes

Ice cubes – the unsung heroes of our drink. They chill it down and mellow out the flavors. No ice? No dice. Your drink would be a lukewarm jumble. If you want to be fancy, use one large ice cube for slower melting and less dilution.

Mary Mitkina

Grated Coconut

Last but not least - grated Coconut for garnish. It's like the cherry on top, except it's coconut, and it's actually inside the drink. It adds a bit of texture and a hint of coconut fragrance every time you take a sip. No coconut, no tropical hat tip - and that's just sad.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Coconut White Russian Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the vodka and coffee liqueur.
  3. Top with coconut milk and stir until well mixed.
  4. Garnish with grated coconut.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • For a creamier cocktail, use full-fat coconut milk.
  • If you want a stronger coffee flavor, you can add an extra splash of coffee liqueur.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese Plate: A selection of aged and creamy cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert, or a sharp cheddar, can complement the creamy and robust flavors of the cocktail.
  • Spiced Nuts: Candied pecans or spiced almonds add a sweet and spicy note that pairs well with the sweetness of the coffee liqueur.


  • Chocolate Desserts: Think rich chocolate brownies or a decadent chocolate mousse that will enhance the coffee and coconut flavors of the drink.
  • Tiramisu: The coffee element in both the cocktail and this classic dessert make them a perfect match.

Coffees & Teas

  • Espresso: A shot of strong espresso can accompany the cocktail for an extra coffee kick, ideal for coffee lovers.
  • Chai Latte: The spices in the chai would provide a nice contrast to the smoothness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Coconut White Russian

  • If you don't have coconut milk, you can use cream of coconut or coconut cream as a substitute.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute the vodka and coffee liqueur with coffee and a splash of coconut syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Espresso Coconut White Russian

Add a shot of espresso to the mix for a caffeinated kick. The rich, roasted notes of the espresso would add depth and a bit of bitterness that complements the sweet and creamy components.

Spiced Coconut White Russian

Infuse the vodka with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, or experiment with a spiced rum instead of vodka. You'll get an aromatic, holiday-inspired cocktail that warms you from the inside out.

Chocolate Coconut White Russian

  • Ingredients: Chocolate syrup.
  • Recipe: Drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass before adding the other ingredients. It adds a layer of chocolatey goodness that pairs incredibly with the coconut and coffee flavors.

Each of these twists offers a unique take on the classic cocktail that's bound to satisfy different palates and occasions!

In case you forgot basics how to make Coconut 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 Coconut White Russian

Is it true that the 'White Russian' has no known Russian origins?

Yes, it's true. The 'White Russian' gets its name from one of its main ingredients, vodka, which is a popular spirit in Russia. However, the drink itself was not originated in Russia.

Can I use other nuts for garnish in the Coconut White Russian?

Yes, you sure can. Although traditionally garnished with coconut, you could also garnish with ground almonds or hazelnuts for a different twist.

Is there a best time to serve a Coconut White Russian?

The Coconut White Russian, with its creamy and dessert-like qualities, can be enjoyed any time. However, it is often served after dinner.

How long does it take to make an Coconut White Russian?

The drink is relatively easy and quick to make and can generally be prepared and served in under 5 minutes.

What's the best type of vodka to use in a Coconut White Russian?

The choice of vodka can have a significant impact on the flavor of your cocktail. A smooth, high-quality vodka is generally recommended.

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