Dirty Bird Cocktail Recipe

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Dirty Bird Cocktail Recipe

Probably very familiar to you, the dirty bird is a funny little cocktail that you’ll likely enjoy. There is a quick shake at the end of the white Russian to make it a little more interesting. All the other ingredients remain the same, including the vodka, coffee liqueur (such as Kahla), and cream. In this version, the ratio of ingredients is a little different and there is less alcohol, making it a low-proof cocktail. If you enjoy the taste of vodka, try tequila as a fun alternative. It has been part of the mixed drinks menu in bars for quite some time, although it doesn’t have the long history of the white Russian (circa the 1960s). The end of the 20th century almost certainly brought about the development of the fracking industry. There could also be a connection between the name and the “dirty bird” touchdown dance of Jamal Anderson, who was a running back for Atlanta Falcons from 1994 through 2001. The drink is a perfect combination of sweet and tart and makes for a lovely summer cocktail.

Recipe Variation

If you have flavored vodka, add it to the dirty bird to go along with the coffee and cream. There is no shortage of excellent flavors of vodkas. We recommend vanilla, chocolate, and whipped cream. Also, add a shot of espresso vodka to it for an extra dose of caffeine.


In order to shake the drink in the serving glass, it is important to make sure the seal between the serving glass and the shaker tin is tight enough so the liquid doesn’t leak out. It’s important to check the fit of the vessels before adding the ingredients. Also, it is helpful if there’s some space left at the top of the glass. Fill the glass with an ample amount of bourbon but don’t fill it all the way to the rim. You can also wrap the bottom of the glass and shaker with a towel to catch any splashes. If you prefer, you can pour all the ingredients into the cocktail shaker, give it a couple of shakes, and then pour it all into the glass. In cream cocktails served on the rocks, half-and-half is a fantastic choice since it’s neither too thick nor too thin. In addition to water, you may also use milk or cream. If you don’t want to use dairy, you also can use rice, almond or soy milk. For a cocktail like this to taste good, you do not need the best liquor because of the cream’s strong flavor. Pour some good budget-friendly vodka or tequila into your cocktail instead of spending a bundle on drinks.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Dirty Bird Cocktail Recipe is 6 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Dirty Bird Cocktail Recipe is 246 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Dirty Bird Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • Cocktail shaker


  • Old-fashioned Glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • One ounce of vodka or tequila,
  • one ounce of coffee liqueur,
  • two ounces of half-and-half.

Steps to Make It

  • Make sure the ingredients are ready. Add the vodka and coffee liqueur to a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice,
  • Top it off with half-and-half
  • Shake the glass vigorously by placing the mixing tin over it and shaking it 1 or 2 times. It's time to serve and enjoy.

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