Eric and I stood at the kitchen counter with Kahlúa® and vodka bottles in front of us. It was time to make our very first White Russians. While I measured out the liquor, he grabbed handfuls of ice from the freezer and threw them into rocks glasses. To provide a unique spin on this classic drink, I switched out the dairy (milk, cream, or half and half) with coconut milk. This makes it vegan (or just accessible to those who may not tolerate dairy very well). Noticing that the coconut milk had started to separate in the can, we transferred it to a jar and gave it a good shake. When the lid was removed, the liquid looked smooth and creamy and had started to froth. Each glass was topped with a little, a quick "cheers" was said, and, finally, a sip was taken.
I can see why so many people enjoy this classic Kahlúa® drink. It's sweet, though not overly so, with hints of vanilla and caramel... and the coconut milk adds some body to the whole thing, especially as it mixes together with each sip you take. It makes for a wonderful after-dinner beverage. I’m excited to mix this up for our next dinner guests.
I had a great time playing around with Kahlúa® for the first time and I can't wait to share some more creations in the coming months as I partner with them and Drizly (an online liquor store that delivers right to your door) to present my unique spin on some of their classic drinks! I've already busted out the cocktail shaker to get to work on some concoctions and can assure you they're all quite delicious and different.
To try your hand at making a White Russian (vegan or not), head over to my recipe page on Drizly to get your cocktail ingredients! (There's a code for free delivery just for you! Just use "KahluaBOS" when you checkout.)
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kahlúa®. All opinions expressed here are my own. Also, please drink responsibly.
Coconut Milk White Russian
2 parts vodka
1 part Kahlúa®
1 part full-fat coconut milk
Place the coconut milk in a jar (or plastic container) with a lid. Give it a good shake for about 10 seconds.
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the vodka, followed by the Kahlúa®. Top with coconut milk. You can give it a stir, or let the alcohol and coconut milk mix together naturally with each sip.
Beverage and prop styling by Catrine Kelty