Black Russian

The White Russian’s big brother

  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 Part Kahlúa
  • 2 Parts Absolut Vodka
  • 1 Whole Cherry
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  • Ml
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  1. 1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. 2. Add the Kahlúa coffee liqueur and Absolut Vodka.
  3. 3. Mix together.
  4. 4. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy.

The Black Russian is the big brother of the equally famous White Russian. It’s a simple yet tasty drink, combining Kahlúa coffee liqueur and vodka in a truly unforgettable way. Estimated ABV = 32% (Kahlúa Original 16%) Estimated ABV = 33% (Kahlúa Original 20%) The exact value depends on how you mix, which measures you use and even your glass!

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How long does it take to make a Black Russian?

Under one minute. It’s simple to make and there’s no shaking, just stirring.

What does a Black Russian taste like?

The Kahlúa coffee liqueur gives it that unmistakable coffee taste. When it’s mixed with the vodka, it gives the drink a strong, smooth taste. And, unlike its cousin—the White Russian—it’s not creamy. 

What’s the difference between a Black Russian and a White Russian?

Cream! Or milk, depending on your preference. By adding cream or milk to a Black Russian, you can turn it into a White Russian. Talk about versatile!

Any tips for making an awesome Black Russian?

Find the flavors that work for you. Try different types of vodka, or even different types of Kahlúa (Kahlúa Chili Chocolate, Kahlúa Vanilla, etc), until you find the perfect mix.

Also, explore different types and shapes of ice, or try making ice from filtered coffee! It’s your drink, so make it for your personal taste.

Why is it called a Black Russian?

The name comes down to one of its key ingredients: vodka. Along with its creamier cousin—the White Russian—it was first made at a hotel in Brussels, Belgium back in 1949, in honor of the then-U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.