Smith and Wesson Cocktail Recipe

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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 Smith and Wesson cocktail is a variation of the famous White Russian cocktail, which was popularized by the 1998 film, The Big Lebowski. The Smith and Wesson gets its name from the combination of two popular liqueurs: Kahlúa (a coffee liqueur) and Baileys Irish Cream. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a creamy, coffee-flavored drink with a hint of sweetness.

How Smith and Wesson Tastes?

The Smith and Wesson cocktail has a rich, creamy texture with a strong coffee flavor, followed by a subtle sweetness from the Irish cream. The vodka adds a bit of a kick, making it a well-balanced and satisfying drink.

Interesting facts about Smith and Wesson

  • The Smith and Wesson cocktail is named after the famous American firearms manufacturer, Smith & Wesson.
  • This cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'Hard White Russian' due to its similarity to the White Russian cocktail.
  • The Smith and Wesson is often served as a dessert cocktail, thanks to its rich and creamy taste.


A few good options for Smith and Wesson are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The 1 oz of vodka provides a clean and neutral alcoholic base, allowing the flavors of the other ingredients to shine through. Too much vodka would overpower the drink and make it too alcohol-forward; too little would leave it flat and overly sweet. Without it, you'd lose the 'kick' that defines a cocktail.

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Adding 1 oz of Kahlúa brings a sweet coffee flavor that complements the creamy elements. Omitting Kahlúa would mean missing out on the iconic coffee taste, making the drink less complex. A substitute like Tia Maria could work but would alter the coffee profile slightly.

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Baileys Irish Cream

1 oz of Baileys infuses the cocktail with a rich, creamy texture and a hint of chocolate and vanilla notes. Baileys is key for the velvety mouthfeel, and swapping it with another Irish cream could work, although the flavor nuances may vary.

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Half and Half

The 1 oz of half and half balances the intensity of the alcohols and adds another layer of creaminess. Using milk would make the drink less rich, while heavy cream would make it too thick. No half and half? The drink might just lean too much on the boozy side.

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Ice is essential, as it chills the drink making it more refreshing and dilutes it slightly as it melts, softening the flavors. No ice means a warm cocktail, which is not what this drink is about.

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Recipe. How to make Smith and Wesson Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1 oz of vodka over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of Kahlúa to the glass.
  4. Pour 1 oz of Baileys Irish Cream into the glass.
  5. Top with 1 oz of half and half.
  6. Gently stir the cocktail to combine the ingredients.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality vodka for a smoother taste.
  • Chill your glass before preparing the cocktail to keep it cool for longer.
  • Stir gently to avoid diluting the cocktail too much.

Perfect Pairings

Coffee-Flavored Desserts

The smooth blend of coffee liqueur and Irish cream makes the Smith and Wesson cocktail an excellent companion for coffee-flavored desserts such as tiramisu, chocolate espresso cake, or coffee-flavored ice cream.

Salty Snacks

Plain or lightly salted nuts work well to contrast the sweet, creamy nature of the drink. Consider almonds or cashews for a complementary taste experience.


Bold and rich dark chocolate or chocolate mousses can balance out the creamy sweetness of the cocktail and enhance the coffee notes from the Kahlúa.

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What you could change in Smith and Wesson

  • Kahlúa: Can be replaced with any other coffee liqueur.
  • Baileys Irish Cream: Can be substituted with any other Irish cream liqueur.
  • Half and Half: Can be replaced with full cream or milk, depending on your preference.

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Espresso Smith and Wesson

Add a shot of espresso to the blend for a caffeine kick. This twist not only deepens the coffee flavor but also provides an extra layer of complexity to the drink.

Ingredients: Same as the original plus 1 oz of espresso. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, adding the espresso after the Baileys. Flavor: Expect a bolder coffee taste with a zing from the espresso.

Caramel Smith and Wesson

Inject some caramel into the mix for a sweeter, richer dimension. Use caramel vodka in place of regular vodka and a hint of caramel syrup.

Ingredients: Substitute regular vodka with caramel vodka and add a 1/2 oz of caramel syrup. Recipe: Follow the original recipe substituting the vodka and adding the syrup last. Flavor: A caramel sweet treat that enhances the dessert-like qualities of the cocktail.

Minty Smith and Wesson

Freshen up the cocktail with a splash of mint liqueur for a refreshing twist.

Ingredients: Same as the original plus 1/2 oz of mint liqueur. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, adding the mint liqueur before the half and half. Flavor: The mint provides a cool contrast to the warm coffee and cream flavors.

In case you forgot basics how to make Smith and Wesson

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 Smith and Wesson

Can you make a Smith and Wesson without alcohol?

Yes, you can omit the alcohol in the recipe but it will change the taste of the cocktail. You can replace the vodka with water or non-alcoholic vodka, and the Kahlúa and Bailey's with non-alcoholic substitutes.

Can I use a different kind of milk for this cocktail?

Yes, you can use your preferred type of milk in this cocktail. The original recipe calls for half and half, but almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk could also work well. Bear in mind that this will affect the overall flavor and creaminess.

What is the best type of vodka to use?

Use a vodka that you enjoy drinking. Because this cocktail has a robust flavor profile, an inexpensive vodka should blend well. If you prefer, a high-end vodka could enhance the flavors. The choice is all up to your personal preference.

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