…from the California Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? It’s cocktail time again! If you live in Moscow, it could have been Happy Hour 12-hours earlier, but what the heck… we’re lucky enough to live in the good old USA where it’s always five o’clock somewhere.
There are a number of drinks that are called “Russians,” however none of them were created there. The traditional cocktail known as a Black Russian, which first appeared in 1949, becomes a White Russian with the addition of cream. While neither drink has any known Russian origin, both are so named because vodka is the primary ingredient. It is unclear which drink preceded the other.
The Oxford English Dictionary refers to the first mention of the phrase "White Russian" in the sense of a cocktail as appearing in California's Oakland Tribune on November 21, 1965. It was included in the newspaper as an insert with a cryptic recipe.
The White Russian saw a surge in popularity after the 1998 release of the film The Big Lebowski. Throughout the movie, it appears as the beverage of choice for the protagonist, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski. On a number of occasions he refers to the drink as a "Caucasian.” A White Russian is a cocktail made with 5 parts vodka, 2 parts coffee liqueur and 3 parts fresh cream served over ice in an old fashioned glass.
2/3-ounce coffee liqueur (I prefer Kahlua)
1-2/3 ounces vodka (you don’t need the expensive stuff)
1-ounce fresh cream
Coffee beans for garnish
The Black Russian is a cocktail made with vodka and coffee liqueur. Traditionally, the drink is made by pouring the vodka over ice cubes or cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass, followed by the coffee liqueur. There is no cream in this cocktail.
1-2/3 ounces vodka (the cheap stuff is okay)
2/3-ounce Coffee liqueur
Guinness Black Russian
(The Irish Spy)
I’m a Guinness Stout guy. I like my brews dark, bitter and chewy. I’m amazed at how Guinness continues to experiment and innovate in true pioneering style. Guinness remains one of the world's most iconic brewed beers pushing brewing boundaries since 1759. Try this innovation… take a Russian and mix it with a little Irish.
1-ounce brewed strong coffee, chilled, or coffee liqueur
2-ounces Guinness beer
ChefSecret: There are many variants to the Russian category of cocktails.
Quip of the Day: “A Russian proverb--'No long break between the first and second shots.’”
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