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The White Russian from The Big Lebowski

The White Russian from The Big Lebowski

After disappointing at the box office, The Big Lebowski (1998) has since become a cult classic that put the White Russian cocktail back on the map. Here we recreate The Dude's standard recipe and then take it to the next level.


  1. Cocktail set (includes Boston shaker, jigger, bar spoon, hawthorne strainer, fine mesh strainer, julep strainer, muddler, cocktail picks)
  2. Old fashioned (rocks) glass
  3. Double old fashioned glass
  4. Angled measuring jigger 
  5. Glass container with stopper
  6. Sous vide machine


  • 2oz (60ml) vodka
  • 1oz (30ml) Kahlua
  • 1oz (30ml) heavy cream
  1. Add all ingredients to a rocks glass over ice
  2. Stir
  3. Drink


  • 1.5oz (45ml) vodka
  • 1.5oz (45ml) homemade coffee liqueur (recipe below)
  • 1.5oz (45ml) toasted cream (recipe below)
  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice
  2. Shake for 10 seconds
  3. Double strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube
  4. Enjoy!


  • 1 pint (473ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp (2g) baking soda 
  1. Mix cream and baking soda together
  2. Place in zipper-lock bags or vacuum bags, remove air, and seal
  3. Set sous vide cooker to 180°F (82°C) and drop in bag
  4. Let cook for 24 hours
  5. Strain toasted cream to remove solids, then store in the fridge

Alternative method using a pressure cooker found at Serious Eats.


  • 1/4 cup (20g) ground espresso beans
  • 2 1/4 cup (540ml) water
  • 1 cup (200g) turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (.5 liter) dark rum
  1. Combine espresso grinds and 1 1/4 cup (300ml) water into a mason jar, mix and refrigerate for 12 hours, then filter out grinds
  2. Combine sugar and 1 cup (240ml) water in a saucepan, heat to a simmer to dissolve
  3. Combine cooled sugar syrup and cold brew coffee in a large jar
  4. Add vanilla and rum
  5. Shake and store in fridge 
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