How To Make A Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail From The Big Lebowski


Who doesn’t love The Big Lebowski?

It’s a timeless comedy starring one of the greatest actors of all time, with memorable scenes from start to finish that always make me want to watch it over and over again.

How To Make A Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail From The Big Lebowski

And if The Dude is one of your all-time favorite movie characters (he’s definitely one of mine), then you’ll know his go-to drink throughout the film is the White Russian. It’s almost become iconic thanks to The Dude!

But have you tried a White Russian? Or have you ever wanted to try it?

Then you’re in luck, as I’ve come up with a recipe to make a horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail that’s straight out of The Big Lebowski.

It’s a slight revamp of a classic White Russian, incorporating horchata for a creamier, sweeter taste, and you won’t be disappointed once you try it.

So if you love White Russian cocktails, The Big Lebowski, or maybe even both (I don’t blame you), then here’s a unique White Russian recipe with Spanish horchata that you need to try today!

What Is Horchata?

First things first, you might be wondering what horchata is exactly – and why it’s included in this The Big Lebowski White Russian recipe.

Put simply, it’s a popular Mexican beverage that’s made from plant-based milk that’s been sweetened with spices!

Other ingredients can be used to flavor it too, with many variations depending on preference and where you buy it from.

The best thing is that horchata can also be used to flavor other drinks, and that’s why it’s the perfect addition to a White Russian cocktail – especially if you’re after a sweeter, creamier taste (see also “How To Make Raspberry-Apple Champagne Slushies“).

Above all, though, horchata is actually really easy to make.

It comes down to soaking rice, grains, nuts, or seeds in water before straining the mixture and blending it with other ingredients to enhance the flavor. As a result, you can also get creative with it!

How Long Will It Take To Make?

Strapped for time or can’t wait to try this recipe? You’ll be glad to know that this horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail recipe won’t take too much of your time.

Plus, if you prep the horchata well in advance, you can cut the time it will take by about 45 minutes.

This is because the white rice will need to be steeped in a refrigerator before it can be strained and blended with the other ingredients. 

Other than that, though, you can prep this Spanish White Russian recipe in under 10 minutes.

You’ll need to let the final horchata mixture chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, but you can speed up the process by adding ice if desired.

Either way, this horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail is definitely worth the wait!

How To Make A Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail From The Big Lebowski

Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail Ingredients

This recipe for a White Russian cocktail with horchata only requires nine basic ingredients to whip up.

The instructions are super simple too, so you won’t have any trouble making this cocktail – even if you’re not much of a drinks connoisseur.

The main ingredients you’ll need include macadamia nuts, premium vodka, creme de cacao, white sugar, and a cup of uncooked long-grain white rice.

If you don’t have all the ingredients listed below, though, you can be sure to find them in your local supermarket (they won’t cost much either). 

Ingredients For Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of uncooked long-grain white rice
  • ¼ cup of macadamia nuts
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or almond flavoring
  • ⅔ cup of white sugar
  • 8 ounces of premium Russian vodka (or just choose your favorite!)
  • 8 ounces of Kahlua (creme de cacao)

Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail Instructions

This recipe for a horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail doesn’t take too long to make.

It also produces several servings (depending on how much you like to drink), so it’s great for sharing with your friends.

All in all, there are just seven simple steps to follow before it’s ready to serve and enjoy, which I’ve provided below.

You can take liberties with the creme de cacao, vodka, and horchata, depending on the taste and strength you prefer, so this recipe is also nicely customizable.

Instructions To Make Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail

  1. Mix the white rice and water in a bowl. Let it stand at room temperature for 40 to 50 minutes. You can also leave it to steep overnight.
  2. Blend the water, nuts, and rice in an electric blender for about 60 seconds (use the blend setting). This will help the rice to separate.
  3. Strain the mixture to remove the larger rice pieces.
  4. Add the vanilla, milk, sugar, and cinnamon to the white liquid that remains. 
  5. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Once it’s nice and cool, that’s the horchata done!
  6. Add equal parts of Kahlua (creme de cacao) and the vodka of your choice to fill a glass to about half-full.
  7. Top off the glass with your chilled horchata. You can even add ice if you want it extra cold!

And that’s it – your horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail from The Big Lebowski is ready to serve up and enjoy!

Just don’t forget to put on The Big Lebowski (or even a cardigan or dressing gown, if you want to be like The Dude) while drinking it for maximum enjoyment.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know everything you need to know to make a horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail, what are you waiting for?

This recipe is easy to put together and only takes seven steps to make, with some ingredients that you probably already have at home. 

So put the popcorn aside. Get The Big Lebowski on stream and make this horchata Spanish White Russian cocktail for the perfect night in – with friends or on your own (if you want more to enjoy all by yourself)!

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