Sugar-Free White Russian Cocktail

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Total Time 2 min
Prep 2 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 drink

White Russians are cocktails of three ingredients: vodka, Kahlua or other coffee liqueur, and cream. From a sugar perspective, the only real problem is the coffee liqueur. A jigger (1.5 oz) of a coffee liqueur can contain almost as much sugar as an 8 oz glass of a cola drink! The good news is that Da Vinci's Sugar-Free Coffee Liqueur-flavored syrup tastes quite similar to the real thing (see below for where to get it).

Note: A Black Russian cocktail is simply a White Russian without the cream.


  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) vodka (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 1 jigger heavy cream (or see proportion variations below)
  • 1 jigger Da Vinci's Sugar-Free Kahlua-Flavored Syrup (source below)


There are two main variations in the amounts of the main ingredients of a White Russian. The first has two parts vodka to one part each of the other two ingredients. The other has equal parts of all three. I prefer the latter, so that is the one I am presenting.  If the truth be told, I am a lightweight and I use half the amount of the vodka.  Also, if I want a cocktail that is less rich, I will substitute water for half of the cream.

This would reduce the carbohydrate to half a gram and the calories to 174.  When it comes to cocktails, individual tastes reign!

To make your White Russian, simply put the ingredients in a glass, stir, and add ice.

Nutritional Information: Each serving has 1 gram effective carbohydrate plus 1 gram protein, and 250 calories.

Where to Get Sugar-Free Coffee Liqueur Syrup

Buy Da Vinci Coffee Liqueur Flavored Syrup on Amazon

Do you like White Russian cocktails?  Try this variation, which I like even better!

Try substituting white rum for the vodka.  We could maybe call it a "Snowy Jamaican" or a  "Caribbean Frost"?  Anyway, once I tried this, I haven't gone back to vodka for this cocktail.

Related Resources:

How to Make Low-Carb Cocktails - Which common cocktail ingredients are good low-carb choices, and what we can substitute for more sugary ingredients, with lots of ideas for low-carb alcoholic drinks.

Top Low-Carb Cocktails - How to make low-carb and sugar-free Pina Coladas, Margaritas, Cosmopolitans, Mojitos, Strawberry Daiquiris, and more!

Alcoholic Beverages on a Low-Carb Diet - When is it OK to drink on a low-carb diet?  How much alcohol is OK?  Which are the best choices?  Your questions answered.

Low-Carb Party Foods - Of course, you should always have some food in your stomach when you drink!



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