WHAT DOES A WHITE RUSSIAN COCKTAIL TASTE LIKE?
Full transparency here. Up until last week, I’d never tasted a White Russian. My husband, Mike, made one for an after dinner drink, using Kahlua brand of coffee liqueur, vodka, and heavy cream. He asked me to give it a try, so I gave it a sip, and wow, I’ll have to say it was a beauty. It’s decadently creamy, with subtle coffee and caramel flavors. Oh, and it’s sweet. Like really sweet. So I did the math: Vodka, zero carbs; heavy cream, less than 1 carb; Kahlua, 22 carbs. Yikes.
Mike, the cocktail connoisseur that he is, decided this would be a great low carb cocktail by substituting the sugar-laden brands you find on the liquor shelves with our own sugar-free homemade coffee liqueur. I did an exhaustive search on the web, and yes, there are tons of low carb coffee liqueur recipes already created. But did I really want to start distilling liquor in my basement? I mean, is it legal? Turns out it is. After a few tries, we think we’ve got it right. Here’s the recipe for our Best Keto Low Carb Coffee Liqueur. You can make it ahead of time, or do as we do, and use it only 24 hours after brewing. One ounce has 0.4 net carbs, which is a huge carb-saver!
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
The White Russian was conceived in 1949 when a Belgian barkeep at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, Gustave Tops, created this cocktail, along with it’s sister cocktail, the Black Russian, in honor of the then U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. To make a Black Russian, simply skip the heavy cream. The reason it’s not called the White or Black Belgium? The main ingredient, vodka. Ahh, I got it.
The cocktail surged in popularity after the 1998 release of the Cohen brothers cult classic, The Big Lebowski, where The Dude, aka Jeff Bridges, pretty much drinks White Russians throughout the entire film. That’s all it took for the cocktail to make a comeback, and did it ever.
Are you ready?
1. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice.
2. Add vodka.
3. Add our Best Keto Low Carb Coffee Liqueur
4. Pour in the heavy cream and stir.
Enjoy this decadent cocktail at happy hour, or as an after-dinner drink. It’s like dessert in a glass!
The Perfect Keto White Russian
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce low carb coffee liqueur See link to recipe above
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- Add vodka and Keto Low Carb Coffee Liqueur to an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Pour heavy cream on top and stir.