Russia’s well known for its ability to embed secret agents deep in enemy territory, where the country’s spies can scout intel and take down foreign aggressors with the prick of a poisoned umbrella tip. But what you may not know is that there is, right now, a bevy of variations on the classic White Russian cocktail lurking underneath your very nose, ready to strike at any point and get you nice and tipsy. So to help you uncover some covert cocktails that you may not even know exist — and to celebrate the glories of The Motherland — here are five variations on the White Russian that will hit you like a Siberian winter and leave you Putin your money where your bar tab is.
5. The Butterscotch White Russian
First up we have the Butterscotch White Russian, which adds a delicious buttery element to our (and the Dude’s, let’s be honest) favorite mixed drink containing the Russia moniker. Along with the usual ingredients, which include vodka, coffee liqueur, and half and half, the Butterscotch adds Butterscotch Schnapps, caramel syrup, and a light sprinkling of crushed butterscotch candies. This is a drink your babushka would love, trust us.
4. The White Russian Float
The White Russian Float may look like a harmless dessert drink, but this tall glass of deliciousness is a lot like a Russian nuclear sub: It can sneak up on you at any time and deliver a real big bang. The Float combines vodka, coffee liqueur, and half and half as usual, but adds a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top it all off with a slice of strawberry for some additional sexiness.
3. The Chocolate White Russian
Next up we have the Chocolate White Russian, a drink with a KGB-like focus on upping the sweet tooth factor. This creamy cocktail utilizes chocolate vodka instead of regular vodka, as well as a generous ribbon of chocolate syrup rimmed around the inside of the glass. A combo of a mini chocolate bar and cherry top off the drink, because the hammer and sickle, while more symbolic, just aren’t as tasty.
2. The Salted Caramel White Russian
The Salted Caramel White Russian is the perfect drink for members of the Kremlin-loving crowd who’re looking to sip on a variation on the White Russian that’s a bit more sweet and salty than usual. In terms of preparation, you’re basically looking at the same steps as the Chocolate White Russian, but here you’ll be using caramel-flavored vodka, milk instead of half and half, and of course, a 360-degree swoop of caramel lined around the inside of the glass.
1. The White Russian Milkshake
As our gold medalist of the group here — and no we’re not about to bring up Russia and the olympics right now — we have the White Russian Milkshake. This is the most dessert-oriented variation on the White Russian, adding coffee ice cream into the mix and blending it all up so every sip reminds you of more innocent times (y’know, before the fall of the wall). Top it all off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry for some extra sundae vibes.
What do you think about this roundup of White Russian variations? Did we miss any especially secretive takes on the essential cocktail? Let us know in the comments!