White Russian Cocktail Spheres Recipe

White Russian Cocktail Spheres

Immerse yourself in the creamy, indulgent world of our innovative White Russian Cocktail recipe, a modern twist on a classic that has stood the test of time. The White Russian, a decadent blend of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream, first stirred its way into the cocktail scene in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Its creation is thought to be an evolution of the Black Russian, a similar cocktail without the cream. Since then, it has become synonymous with luxurious simplicity.

This cocktail was thrust into the pop culture limelight with the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” where it was famously dubbed “The Dude’s” drink of choice, becoming an iconic beverage for fans and cocktail enthusiasts alike. In the film, Jeff Bridges’ character, “The Dude,” sips this smooth concoction throughout, cementing its place as a laid-back, yet culturally significant drink.


Taking a creative leap into the world of molecular gastronomy, our recipe transforms the traditional White Russian into a spectacular sphere, offering not just a drink but an experience. Through the technique of spherification, each element of the classic cocktail is encapsulated in a delicate gel-like orb, bursting with flavor upon the palate.

This method not only preserves the beloved taste but also adds an element of surprise and sophistication, making it a perfect showpiece for an evening of refined entertainment or a nightcap that is sure to impress. Enjoy our reimagined White Russian, a cocktail that beautifully balances its storied past with a bold, contemporary edge.

Happy mixing!

White Russian Cocktail Spheres Recipe

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Based on the flavours of a White Russian. This edible cocktail flavoured with coffee liqueur & vodka, pops in the mouth, delivering an intense burst of flavour.
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Prep time 30 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Molecular
Servings 1 1



  • 140 ml whole milk
  • 45 gr sugar
  • 15 ml kaloua
  • 15 ml vodka
  • 3 gr Calcium Lactate
  • 1 gr cocoa powder
  • 1 gr Xanthan Gum
  • Grated Chocolate (optional)

Sodium Alginate Bath


  • Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blitz for a minute to combine them. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve to remove as many air bubbles as possible.
  • There are two techniques that can now be used to make the spheres – a frozen and a non-frozen.

Sodium Alginate bath

  • Blend 1 liter water in a blender then gradually sprinkle in the Sodium Alginate. Blend until the Alginate is well dissolved.
  • Let this solution settle in the fridge for two hours (it will appear clearer when settled).

Frozen method

  • Freeze the white russian liquid in small (or big :)) hemisphere moulds.
  • Now heat the Sodium Alginate Bath (see Sodium Alginate Bath Recipe) to 50°C.
  • Add the frozen hemispheres into the Alginate Bath a couple at a time, stirring carefully for one minute. Then remove and refresh in cold water.


  • Place small spoonful’s of the White Russian mixture into an Alginate Bath (see Sodium Alginate Bath Recipe). Let the spheres react for approx. 30 seconds then remove them with a slotted spoon and refresh in cold water.
Keywords Calcium Lactate, Cocoa Powder, Kaloua, Vodka, whole milk, xanthan gum
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