White Russian Milkshake

When I was in Oregon a few weeks ago, my friends were shocked- SHOCKED, I say- to find out I had never had a margarita in my life. They remedied that pretty quickly, let me tell you…

Everyone wanted to know why I hadn’t had one before. The truth is, I’m picky. I’m not a big drinker, so when I have one, I want to make sure it is a good one (and preferably not a strong one or I’m going to need to go to bed very quickly after having it. Zzzzzzzzz.) I didn’t dare tell them how short the list of mixed drinks I’ve actually had in my lifetime is. Honestly? I can count them on one  hand; Long Island Iced Tea (meh), Daiquiri, Gin & Tonic, Mojito, and now Margarita. I’m a sophisticated party animal, apparently.

One drink I’ve always thought sounded appealing was the White Russian. The thing is, I don’t go out for drinks and when I go out for dinner, I’ll have a glass of wine if anything at all. (I’m sounding more and more exciting by the moment, aren’t I?)

While I’m clearly not a real adventurer when it comes to mixed drinks, I do like to make alcohol-laced desserts. I love rum soaked cherries, flambéed bananas, Grand Marnier cheesecakes, and more. There’s something about the way spirits enhance sweets that just dings my chimes. I decided to play around a little bit with the classic White Russian* cocktail to turn it into a dessert.

*Before you ask, no. I hadn’t ever had a White Russian. That kind of thing doesn’t stop THIS gal from playing around with things, no-siree-bob. And I have a great reason for not having had a White Russian. I don’t drink milk.

A White Russian is usually nothing more than coffee liqueur, vodka and heavy cream (or half and half or full-fat milk.) “White Russian Milkshake!” said my brain. I don’t drink milk, but if it’s blended with a bunch of ice cream, I’ll toss it back faster than you can say “You’re nuts!” Because the White Russians look so pretty with their black and white layers, I opted to layer my milkshake instead of tossing all the ingredients into the blender willy-nilly.

What was the verdict from this unsophisticated lady? It was darned good. It was slurp it with a straw good. I highly recommend you give this creamy twist on tradition a spin!

This drink is to celebrate the anniversary of The Friday Cocktail over at Creative Culinary. Barb, unlike me, is a wildy creative cocktail creator. The fact that she invited me to be part of the party is both befuddling and flattering. Thank you for including this classy, drinking-wine-from-a-jar gal, Barb. Can I say bottoms up?

White Russian Milkshake
Give this sweet and creamy spin on the traditional White Russian a whirl!
  • 1½ ounces Kahlua liqueur
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup-3/4 cup whole milk or half & half
  1. Add the vanilla ice cream and milk or half & half to the carafe of your blender. Fix the lid in place and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the ice cubes to the bottom of a glass, pour both the Kahlua and the vodka over the ice cubes and then slowly pour the vanilla milkshake over the liquor. Serve with a straw and slurp!



  1. Michelle W says

    I thought a White Russian milkshake was called a Hummer!

    I do know that they’re very yummy and very addicting… at least if I remember back to my college days. 😉

  2. says

    Just love this…one of my favorite quick cocktails is a White Russian…adding ice cream? Genius! Hey, I invited you just cause and you delivered. Though I have to tell you I would help make you a margarita drinker…starting with the Blood Orange Margarita I first made last winter. Followed by the Lemon Drop I made for some girlfriends the other night…they oohed and ahhed over that cocktail and rightly so. I mean it’s basically lemonade with a kick…what’s not to love?

    Really…thanks for participating; I love having a wide range of friends at the party! Think about it…maybe a ‘canned’ drink for next year? :)

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