Black Russian

The Black Russian supposedly appeared in Brussels in 1949. It’s a wonderfully simple cocktail – just vodka and Kahlua over ice. This is one of the easiest recipes for tinkering: try a different coffee liqueur, or a flavored vodka (vanilla is great), add a splash of cola, use equal amounts of vodka and liqueur, or you can even add a scoop of chocolate ice cream into this drink.

Black Russian drink recipe: vodka and Kahlua over ice

This drink tastes enough like sweetened coffee that you can just assume any food that goes well with sweetened coffee will go well with a Black Russian.


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Kahlua, or other coffee flavored liqueur

Pour the ingredients into a highball glass with ice cubes, and stir. Serve with a straw. (Some bartenders prefer to pour the vodka, then the coffee liqueur, and let it settle without stirring.)

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