The Black Russian supposedly first 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.
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.)