But why would you want coconut in your White Russian? Why, oh WHY would you ever mess with anything as simple and perfect as a White Russian?
The answers: 1) Because it’s delicious 2) Because that’s what I do here. I play with recipes, I add my own twist to a classic recipe, and I create my own recipes. It’s fun; you should try it!
Really, my true reason for trying out a Coconut White Russian is because I really hate dairy milk. It grosses me out, it always has. Growing up in the dairyland of Wisconsin, the struggle was real.
As youngsters in school we had a snack break every single day. We got to chose from whole milk, 2 % milk, skim milk, or chocolate milk, and we HAD to finish our carton. I tried all of them and hated each and every one, yes, even the chocolate milk. Every one of them made me gag. I tried everything to keep from having to drink the milk. I would pretend to drink the carton and then throw the rest away. I would tell my teacher I was too full that day. I would tell my teacher I didn’t feel good. None of them worked; I always got caught. But I probably never told my teacher that I simply did not like milk because that would make me weird! And the last thing we want to do when we’re kids is be weird, right?
The only way that I enjoy any dairy milk is when it’s mixed into something. Ice cream, heck yes! A milk shake, you betcha! A White Russian, don’t mind if I do!
Thankfully these days nut milks are popular and can be bought at grocery stores. My favorites are almond milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk. I have been gradually making the switch and I couldn’t be happier. Since I discovered how to make coconut whipped cream, I haven’t made dairy whipped cream in ages! I mean coconut whipped cream is so much more tasty. It’s cream with a hint of coconut; why woudn’t you want that?
Even though I truly do enjoy White Russians, I can still taste a hint of disgusting dairy milk flavor, even under the coffee liquor and the vodka. It’s STILL THERE!
So, I thought it would be worth replacing the cream with some light canned coconut milk. OMG, is it tasty!
What you need to know about Coconut White Russians:
- You can barely taste the coconut flavor. You probably don’t have to tell anybody you used coconut instead of dairy cream. All you taste is creamy deliciousness mixed with sweet coffee liquor and vodka!
- Don’t worry, I think The Dude would still approve of these White Russians. (Paul told me I HAD to mention The Big Lebowski in this post. Ya happy, Paul?)
- The fat in the coconut milk does tend to solidify in small chunks because of the ice cube. We don’t mind that. To break them up, simply give it a stir every once in a while.
- I highly recommend these large cocktail ice cubes for this drink. Not only do they look dreamy, they keep your drink nice and chilled while not watering it down too too fast!
- Even if you like dairy cream you should give this Coconut White Russian a try. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Really, no one can ever be disappointed when there is a White Russian involved!
- Best of all these babies are ridiculously easy to make. Measure your vodka, measure your Kahlua, stir, add ice. Slowly pour in your coconut milk. Serve with a spoon or swizzle stick to allow your guest to stir all the creamy, boozy goodness together!
My friends, go now, make this Coconut White Russian! Share it with a friend or two, share it with your significant other, share it with your mom, clink your glasses and savor its creamy, coffee goodness. Sip at it slowly over some deep conversation, laugh at some good jokes. Because that is exactly how a White Russian should be enjoyed!
- 1 to 2 parts vodka
- 1 part Kahlua or other coffee liquor
- 1 large cocktail ice cube
- 1 part light canned coconut milk (can sub full fat coconut milk for an even richer drink)
- To your drinking glass add the vodka and Kahlua. Use a spoon to mix together.
- Add the cocktail ice cube.
- Stir or shake the coconut milk so that the cream has mixed with the coconut water.
- Slowly pour the coconut milk over the Kahlua-vodka mixture. Serve with a swizzle stick or a spoon and allow the guest to stir the coconut milk into the drink. Serve chilled.
- Reserve the remainder of the coconut milk for other Coconut White Russians. Or use it in a smoothie or any other recipe such as curries.