Cream or milk? Well, that’s up to you, but we fall on the side of cream for the richness it imparts into the drink. Yes, it expands richness into your waistline, too, but this is a drink we like to think of as an indulgent treat rather than an everyday go-to. Sweetened condensed milk also has a startling impact on the flavour and texture of a White Russian, so experiment to your heart’s content.
As far as cocktails go, this is one of the more relaxed ones – if it’s sharp and you’re soft, add an extra spoon of cream, or try a 35ml vodka/35ml coffee liqueur blend. When we use milk, we tend to add a little more of that in - measuring out something closer to 50ml.
Layering the cream so that it continues to be a float is a nice touch, but not essential. If you want to mix that in too, go for and besides, a couple of sips in and you'll find the two will have blurred together anyway.
For the sake of tradition, we’ve named Kahlua, but it really isn’t a stand-alone item these days, as craft brands have been very busy making their own over the past couple of years. Conker Cold Brew, Aluna Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, Mr Black’s Cold Press Coffee Liqueur and Manly Spirits Black Fin Coffee Liqueur are just a drop in the ocean of what’s available these days, and every single one would be a welcome addition to a White Russian.