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How to Make Hazelnut Espresso White Russian

A White Russian might seem like an old school, vintage cocktail from the disco days of the 70s, but when you blend it with coffee and hazelnut – it is full-on RIGHT NOW delicious.

Something magical happens to anything and everything when you add coffee.

When you enhance this with coffee liqueur (like Kahlua), the world seems to sparkle that much more.

This hazelnut espresso White Russian is something you will be delighted to take into the future with you.

What You’ll Need (makes two servings)


  • 2 pumps hazelnut syrup
  • 4 ounces espresso, chilled
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlua is a great choice)
  • 3 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 cocktail glasses
  • Ice

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A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make Hazelnut Espresso White Russians

Step #1. Make The Espresso

Action shot of espresso machine

Make the espresso (don’t have an espresso machine? We’re not judging, honest. We’re here to help – check out how to choose the right machine for you).

Don’t want an espresso machine, but want to make espresso?

We’ve got you covered – find out how to make an espresso without a machine here.

Step #2. Pump and Pour

Put ice, 1 pump of hazelnut syrup and 2 ounces of espresso into each glass. Stir.


Step #3. Turn It Into A ‘Grown Up’ Drink

Pour 1 ounce of vodka and a ½ ounce of coffee liqueur into each glass. Stir.

Some people recommend that you do a little taste test here – just be careful. You don’t want to make yourself too tipsy before the drink is done!

And we know how easy it is to get carried away...


The marriage of hazelnut syrup and espresso is a thing of beauty. You can drink this drink sans booze – it’s not a hazelnut espresso White Russian anymore, but it is delicious. And your mother-in-law won’t give you the stink eye for drinking it in the AM.

Step #4. Make It Creamy

Slowly pour 1.5 ounces of cream into each glass.


Take a spoon, turn it backwards and run the cream down it into the glass – this helps it pour more slowly. This doesn’t make it taste any different, but it will look even prettier.


If you are really into it, you can even make your own coffee creamer. Learn how here.

Step #5. Enjoy!

Put on a Bees Gees album (Stayin’ Alive anyone?), sit back and take a trip down memory lane to the good ol’ days of the 70s – remembering, of course,  how great today is because of the marriage of coffee, hazelnut, vodka and Kahlua.

Sip and Chill With Your Hazelnut Espresso White Russian

Boozy coffee drinks are one of life’s little miracle and this one is no exception.

It is delicious. And so easy to make.

What do you think – is this a drink you want to serve – perhaps at a brunch (as long as the MIL isn’t around), or maybe as an after-dinner drink?

Let us know in the comments if this how-to inspired you to make the hazelnut espresso White Russian.

Ready to try more cool recipes like this one? Check our espresso based signature drink "The Pancake" and the Maple Bourbon Coffee recipe!

And if you have a friend who would like this – please share!

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