We love White Russians as much as the next Dude, but we think they can be better. All it takes is swapping out the usual Kahlúa for a delicious craft coffee liqueur. There are many distillers out there making beautiful bittersweet coffee liqueurs that taste just as good sipped solo as they do in cocktails. Here are five of our favorites.
For a Cajun White Russian: St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur ($34)
New Orleans is famous for its chicory root coffee. St. George distiller Dave Smith recreated those woody, earthy flavors in his NOLA Coffee Liqueur. Roasted Yirgacheffe coffee beans, French chicory root, Madagascar vanilla beans and organic cane sugar come together to make a deeply complex coffee liqueur. With layers of roasted flavors, the liqueur has an underlying bitterness that’s rounded out with a sweet, fruity finish.