Channeling my inner Dude with a Salted Caramel White Russian

Not even going to get into it, but it’s time for a beverage that doesn’t screw around. The White Russian is heavy in texture but doesn’t take itself seriously (think The Dude, right?) and we need some of that around here.

Typical White Russians are sugary fat bombs: they’re basically made up of vodka, Kahlua and heavy cream. Kahlua has sooooo much sugar in it, and a lot of the low carb recipes I looked at had fully recreated the Kahlua flavor as a separate project, then used that. Creating a low sugar replica seems like too much work for such a laid back drink (and to be honest, I’m lazy AF). So I recreated the Kahlua flavor profile instead and integrated it into the drink itself. I also lightened things up by replacing most of the cream with unsweetened almond milk (but making sure to maintain that creamy texture).

To intensify the coffee flavor, I replaced ice cubes with decaf coffee cubes, but that is definitely personal preference. (I went with decaf because I don’t want to be up all night from the caffeine of regular coffee, but again that is personal preference) To make coffee cubes, brew coffee and cool it in the fridge – then pour into an ice cube mold.

Final note – this must be drank (drunk? drunken?) in a bathrobe, of course.


Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 2 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp cold brew
  • 0.5 oz sugarfree salted caramel syrup
  • ¼ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp powdered stevia (if necessary)
  • 1-2 large decaf coffee cubes, if preferred
  • Coarse ground sea salt garnish


  • Garnish rim of whiskey glass with sea salt if desired by wetting rim and rolling rim in sea salt
  • Add vodka, cold brew, syrup, and vanilla extract to the glass and mix well
  • Add ice cubes/coffee cubes
  • Mix almond milk and heavy cream well, in a receptacle with a pouring lip and add mixture to drink, then mix well
  • If all of this doesn’t end up being sweet enough for you, suggest either adding a squirt of liquid Stevia or mixing in powdered Stevia (crystals won’t dissolve well)

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