Black Russian

Black Russian cocktailThe 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.


  • 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.)

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. New York style cheesecake. You could also go with some fancy-pants cheesecake like they serve at the Cheesecake factory, but I like the bold simplicity of plain, rich cheesecake with this plain, rich drink.
  2. Breakfast-for-dinner. This drink is a little heavy for morning, but you can always eat French Toast, pancakes, eggs and/or bacon for dinner.

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