how to make a dirty white mother cocktail

The Dirty White Mother cocktail is a variation of the Dirty Mother drink. This drink has an extra shot of cream added to it which makes it creamier. Due to the richness and the creamy nature of the drink, it is much  more likely suited to be a dessert or an after dinner drink.

The drink can be served in various different 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. How you serve it is probably a matter of your own 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 but without the cream. The drink is usually served in an old-fashioned glass over ice.
White Russian: The Brandy in this recipe is substituted with Vodka, and is always served on rocks.
Black Russian: This is more a variation of the Dirty Mother. You substitute Brandy with Vodka and leave out the cream.


  • If you prefer the drink on the ice, then strain the contents over ice into a highball glass or an old-fashioned.
  • Instead of the cream, you could use half-and-half as well. If you prefer to shake the drink, then you could use heavy whipping cream but probably only half a shot or so.
  • 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.