So you’ve got your White Russians and your Black Russians, but have you heard of a Blue Russian? This cocktail is definitely one of the lesser known Russians. It uses Blue Curacao as its liqueur. That gives it an orange flavor – with the cream, it becomes a little like a Dreamsicle in a glass.
The Blue Russian is a good conversation-starter, since most people have never heard of it, and blue drinks always fascinate people. Like the Blue Long Island, it’s a clever riff on a familiar drink – just turning it blue, and adding orange flavor.
Like the White Russian, this drink kinda sorta layers all on its own. The trick to it is to pour slowly. No need for back of the spoon or any of that – just pour the vodka and cream as slowly as you can and the ice and the natural buoyancy of the cream will take care of the rest of it.
This is an easy drink to pair with foods because it’s really just a mild orange cream flavor. It goes wonderfully with this Orange-Rosemary Glazed Salmon from Cooking Classy. The orange and orange are a lovely match, but the rosemary adds a terrific contrasting zing. But you can also pair it with something like a teriyaki dish, or even a burger and fries. It’s not a fussy drink.
Because it looks so spectacular and pours easily, this is a great drink for entertaining. People watching you pour it will think you’re an old pro at the bar.
Blue Russian Drink Recipe
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces Blue Curacao
- 1 ounce light cream (or single cream)
Put two or three crushed cubes of ice into a martini glass. Pour the blue curacao in over the ice, followed by the vodka, and top it all off with the cream.
Originally published September 21, 2010