To make a traditional white Russian, vodka and coffee liqueur in a two-to-one ratio are added to an old-fashioned glass that contains ice. A small amount of heavy cream is added to top off this cocktail drink. The proportions for one drink are usually 2 ounces of vodka to 1 ounce of coffee liqueur.
There are many popular variations of a white Russian. One example involves adding equal parts of Bailey's Irish cream and vodka in a glass, with a little milk added to the mix to smooth out the taste. Another, inspired by the movie "The Big Lebowski," replaces the liqueur and vodka with cognac, port, and chilled coffee. This drink, which is called "The Dude," also has other ingredients, such as an egg, Demerara sugar, and Angostura bitters. The egg is used so that the drink has a frothy top.
Recipes for different versions of the white Russin cocktail are available at sites such as Liquor.com, DrinksMixer.com, and Saveur.com. In particular, the DrinksMixer site has a variety of white Russian recipes that can be found by clicking on the "search drink" category.