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Black Russian

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

In the late 1940s, Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg, was hanging out in the bar at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. The establishment's bartender, Gustave Tops, decided to make a signature drink for her. Using Russia’s most popular spirit, vodka, he mixed it with coffee, and the Black Russian was born. Russian is a common term for anything with vodka in it. In terms of black think coffee. Essentially, you’re drinking spiked black coffee.

Classic Recipe

  • Iced rocks glass

  • 1.5oz of vodka

  • .5oz Kahlua (coffee liqueur)

  • Sip stick and serve

Variation: White Russian – Just add cream.


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing tin and add ice.

  2. Shake all ingredients until the tin is chilled.

  3. Fill rocks glass with fresh ice.

  4. Strain all ingredients into your cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with fresh or dehydrated fruit.

Stay hydrated. Drink responsibly.

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