Non-Dairy White Russian Cocktail


Those who know our family know we are a “Big Lebowski House” around here. That means multiple wall decor items related to The Dude, apparel, mugs, action figures (yes, they have action figures!) and of course, White Russians appear on a semi-regular basis. Since we do more and more plant-based tweaks in our life (and I have a high dairy sensitivity as well), I wanted to find a great dairy-free version of one of our favorite cocktails. So I decided to try it with some cashew cream (since it’s pretty thick and creamy), which makes it a great replacement for the traditional half-and-half in the classic version (and it’s vegan as well!).

Non-Dairy White Russian, serves one

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce coffee liqueur (like Kahlua)
splash of cashew cream* (or other non-dairy milk) to taste

Cashew cream*

1 cup raw cashews (soaked in water overnight, drained, and rinsed)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
To make the cashew cream, soak raw cashews overnight, drain and rinse, and add to blender or food processor. Add your water, maple syrup, and vanilla and blend until smooth. A better high-speed blender will blend this until basically totally smooth, but if your blender still leaves it with a bit of fine grain, don’t worry—it will still taste just as good! Store in an airtight container for up to five days.Add your vodka and coffee liqueur over ice (I love to use these large ice cubes for a drink like this) in a short rocks glass.

Add a splash of your cashew cream (or other non-dairy milk) and serve! I like to serve these with a straw or spoon so people can stir the dark and light layers together themselves—it’s fun!

I always looove the light and dark layers in this drink—so pretty. This is a great cocktail option for any time of the year if you (or a party guest you’re having) is avoiding dairy and it’s an easy one to make either with or without dairy by just switching out the cream at the end based on preference. Hey, careful, man, there’s a non-dairy beverage here … xo. Laura

Non-Dairy White Russian Cocktail

Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur like Kahlua
  • splash of cashew cream* or other non-dairy milk to taste

Cashew cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in water overnight, drained, and rinsed)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. To make the cashew cream, soak raw cashews overnight, drain and rinse, and add to blender or food processor. Add your water, maple syrup, and vanilla and blend until smooth. A better high-speed blender will blend this until basically totally smooth, but if your blender still leaves it with a bit of fine grain, don’t worry—it will still taste just as good! Store in an airtight container for up to five days.

  2. Add your vodka and coffee liqueur over ice (I love to use these large ice cubes for a drink like this) in a short rocks glass.

  3. Add a splash of your cashew cream (or other non-dairy milk) and serve! I like to serve these with a straw or spoon so people can stir the dark and light layers together themselves—it’s fun!

Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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