Black Russian Cocktail

White Russian Cocktail

Favorite Restaurant Cocktail Beverage


From the reading I have done, a Black Russian and soon after, a White Russian cocktail recipe, first appeared around 1949.

Supposedly a Belgian bartender named Gustave Tops invented the beverage in honor of the U.S. ambassador then living in Luxemborg. He used Russian vodka in addition to Kahlua in his recipe.

He named the cocktail because it was the time of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, or so people think.

The name of the cocktail may also be simply because he was pouring Russian vodka. The beverage is traditionally poured over crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass.

The White Russian cocktail appeared soon after. It also is made with vodka and Kahlúa with the addition of cream.

Milk is often used as a substitute for the cream but in doing so, it does change the taste of a White Russian. The name of the drink is either because of the added cream or because the name of an anti-Bolshevik group during the Russian civil war was the "White Russians." No one knows for sure, but we do know the cocktail is not traditionally Russian.

Kahlua is a Mexican coffee-based liqueur and is one of my personal favorite liqueurs. It is delicious and is found in many cocktail recipes.


Black Russian Recipe

Favorite Restaurant
Drink Recipe


Preparation time: 1 minute. Serves: 1.


 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounce Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Coffee flavored Brandy (Kahlua)
  • Small (6 ounce) rocks glass

 

Instructions:

  • Fill your rocks glass with ice
  • Pour Vodka into the glass
  • Pour Kahlua into the glass
  • Add a sip straw and serve

White Russian Recipe

Favorite Restaurant
Cocktail Recipe


Preparation time: 1 minute. Serves: 1.


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Kahlua
  • 3/4 ounce Half and Half Cream (milk can be substituted but the drink won't be quite the same)
  • Ice, crushed
  • 6 oz. rocks glass
  • Sip straw

 

Instructions:

  • Fill your rocks glass with ice
  • Pour Vodka into the glass
  • Pour Kahlua into the glass
  • Pour in the cream
  • Give it a quick stir
  • Add a sip straw and serve


Alternative Instructions:

  • Fill your rocks glass with ice
  • Pour Vodka into the glass
  • Pour Kahlua into the glass
  • Float the cream on top
Barman

Enjoy your Black Russian and your White Russian cocktail recipes and the company of those you share them with!

Donna

“The relationship between a Russian and a bottle of vodka is almost mystical.”

Richard Owen