Naturally Sweetened White Russian Cocktail

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Total Time 2 min
Prep 2 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 drink (334 calories)

​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 1/2 ounce) of a coffee liqueur can contain almost as much sugar as an 8-ounce glass of a cola drink!

The good news is that you can make your own coffee liqueur with natural sweetener. Although you can use it right away, it is recommended that you let the mixture sit for a long period of time, about a month, so you may want to make a batch of this ahead of time. Take note that it is important you make the coffee very, very strong for the homemade Kahlua and that you will only use 3 tablespoons for each individual drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream (or see proportion variations below)
  • Homemade Coffee Liqueur:
  • 1 cup very strong coffee, can be decaf (3/4 cup coffee grounds to 1 1/2 cups water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  •  1 cup vodka

Preparation

  1. Make the homemade coffee liqueur: combine the coffee, vanilla, agave, and maple syrup and stir. Add the vodka and stir again. Taste to see if it is to your liking or if you need to balance the flavors more. Keep in mind, however, that the flavors will blend more as the mixture sits. Place in a glass jar or bottle and let sit for several weeks (4 weeks are ideal).
  2. To make the white Russian, pour the jigger of vodka into a glass, add the cream, and 3 tablespoons of the homemade coffee liqueur. Stir and add ice.

    Ingredient Substitutions and Tips

    This recipe uses equal parts vodka, cream, and coffee liqueur, but you can increase the vodka to 2 parts while keeping 1 part each of the other 2 ingredients. Also, if you want a cocktail that is less rich, substitute water for half of the cream. And, if you eliminate the cream you are left with a Black Russian cocktail—and fewer calories! For a little twist, try white rum for the vodka— it is delicious.

    If you enjoyed this cocktail and would like to add other sugar-free versions to your drink menu, learn how to make healthier cocktails—which common cocktail ingredients are good choices, and what you can substitute for more sugary ingredients, as well as lots of ideas for healthier alcoholic drinks. Also, learn what is okay to drink when you are watching your carbohydrate intake.

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