The Black Russian

This cocktail is fun, silly and easy to make. Once you`ve drunk all the liquor before and during dinner, it’s time for the after-dinner digestive category, the black Russian.

I don`t really like this drink and, truth be told, there’s not much reason why you should, but let’s face it – the only reason I event mention it is to get to my next post: the beautiful, innocently deceiving White Russian!


The roots

If there is one drink that practically every bartender in the world knows, it is the Black Russian. Short of pouring equal shots of vodka and Kahlúa and drinking them, the Black Russian is one of the easiest drinks to mix at home.

This cocktail was created by the barman Gustave Tops, who worked at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels around 1950. He used to make this cocktail for the American ambassador Pearl Mesta, and he probably had no idea that the Black Russian would become a perennial favorite. It’s said that President Harry Truman played the piano at one of her parties, while General Dwight Eisenhower apparently sang “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes” at another. There’s no record of what she was serving at these soirees, but the Black Russian must have been a contender.

White and Black Russians are among the few drinks that benefit from the ice melting in them.

It goes without saying that any cocktail with “Russian” in its name has vodka as a primary component.


The makin’Black-Russian
2 parts Vodka
1 part Kahlúa

The drill
Pour both ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice
Stir, and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice
(This recipe renders a fairly dry version of the drink. You can use more Kahlúa and less vodka to make a sweeter version.)

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