White Russian Cocktail recipe from Liv

6 Aug 2021

Velvetiser Recipes

We’ve teamed up with Liv for a Velvetiser twist on the classic White Russian Cocktail…

Cocktail-lover Liv (@ultimategirlgang) has partnered up with Hotel Chocolat to bring you a lighter take on the classic White Russian cocktail using our very own silky-smooth hero: The Velvetiser.

It might not be the first gadget you think of when it comes to cocktail making, but The Velvetiser is an essential part of our barista routine and its benefits don’t end there. Give yourself the freedom to create cocktails at home, without any of the effort usually required for a sumptuously smooth cocktail.

Equipment you’ll need

  • The Velvetiser
  • A cocktail shaker
  • A chilled martini glass
  • A grater



Step 1: Pour your milk and white hot chocolate sachet into The Velvetiser. Press the button and watch as the mixture turns into a glossy, smooth consistency. 

Step 2: Once velvetised, pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker. You may need to let the mixture cool for a few minutes to ensure it’s not too hot to mix. Add a measure or two of vodka, a generous amount of ice, and shake!

Step 3: Once thoroughly shaken, pour into a chilled martini glass. We suggest putting a martini glass into a freezer a few hours before to allow the velvetised mixture to properly cool. If you’d prefer a slightly longer, creamer drink, add in a glug of cooled milk. Stir gently with a spoon or cocktail stirrer.

Step 4: Top with whipped cream and grate a generous smattering of our 70% Dark Chocolate on top.

How to enjoy

If you like your cocktails on the creamier side, then Liv’s cocktail is the perfect recipe for you. To make this recipe slightly closer to the original then brew up a shot of coffee prior to velvetising your mix. We suggest using beans with both punchy and caramel notes: The One Whole Roast packs a strong enough punch to give you that coffee boost, without overpowering the more gentle white chocolate notes.

Pour over ice before slowly pouring in your velvetised white chocolate and vodka for that characteristic white-to-dark finish.

Or, to make your very own White Chocolate Martini, follow Liv’s recipe and add a measure of Triple Sec alongside the vodka. This adds a punchier heat and helps to cut through the gentle sweetness of white chocolate.

Creamy White Russian cocktail

How can I spruce up my White Russian?

A White Russian is typically enjoyed with ice in a short glass. However, Liv mixes things up by pouring it into a martini glass, topping it with whipped cream and chocolate flakes. How you want to finish your White Russian is up to you but, when it comes to this mix, we think less is more.

For a darker, slightly nutty tang, top with cocoa nibs. Cocoa nibs are a great way to add a moreish crunch and gently savoury taste, tempering the sweetness of your cocktail. If you don’t have any cocoa nibs to hand then a gentle dusting of cocoa powder will work just as well.