how to make a dirty white mother cocktail

The Dirty White Mother cocktail is a variation of the Dirty Mother drink with the cream added to it. Due to the richness and the creamy nature of the drink, it is much likely suited to be a dessert or an after dinner drink.

The drink can be served in various ways: It can be layered in a highball and served over ice just as a Black Russian. It can also be shaken and served in a martini glass up. Yet another option is to shake and serve in a highball over ice.

I prefer the drink served up in a chilled martini glass. This prevents the drink from getting diluted and creates a frothy creamy texture rather than the raw cream on top. Either works depending on your preference.


  • 2 shots of Brandy
  • 1 shot of Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 shot of cream


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of Brandy into the shaker
  3. Add 1 shot of the Kahlua Coffee liqueur
  4. Add 1 shot of cream into the shaker
  5. Shake well to mix the ingredients
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass

Dirty White Mother Drink in a Martini Glass

Variations and Similar Drinks

Dirty Mother: Similar drink with out the cream. The drink is served in old-fashioned glass over ice.
White Russian: The Brandy is substituted with Vodka, and is always served on rocks.
Black Russian: This is more a variation of the Dirty Mother. Substitute Brandy with Vodka and leave out the cream.


  • If you prefer the drink on the ice, then strain the contents over ice in a highball glass.
  • Instead of the cream, you could use half-and-half as well.
  • Some recipes use a larger proportion of the cream. You can modify the proportion of the cream to suit your taste.
  • When served up in a martini glass, you should get a layer of creamy froth on top. Shake the ingredients a little longer to create a creamy froth.
  • The recipe calls for Kahlua as the coffee liqueur, but you could use another coffee liqueur such as Tia Maria as well.