Black Russian is a classic cocktail made with vodka and coffee liqueur. It is typically served on the rocks and garnished with a cherry or orange slice.
Black Russian recipe
- 50 ml Vodka
- 20 ml Coffee liqueur
Pour the ingredients into the old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
Directions for how to make the Black Russian
- Prepare an old fashioned glass by filling it with ice cubes.
- Measure 50 ml of vodka and pour it into the glass with the ice.
- Measure 20 ml of coffee liqueur and pour it into the glass with the vodka and ice.
- Gently stir the mixture until the ingredients are well combined.
- Garnish with a twist of orange peel or a coffee bean, if desired.
- Serve and enjoy your Black Russian drink!
Tips for how to make the perfect Black Russian
- Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.
- Pour 2 oz vodka over the ice.
- Add 1 oz coffee liqueur to the glass.
- Stir gently until the liqueur and vodka are combined.
- Garnish with a cherry or a twist of orange peel, if desired.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Black Russian
An alcohol-free alternative to the drink Black Russian could be a virgin White Russian, which is made with similar ingredients but excludes the vodka. To make a virgin White Russian, combine coffee liqueur, heavy cream, and ice in a shaker, and shake until the mixture is frothy. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or coffee beans. This drink has a creamy, sweet flavor that can satisfy your cravings without the alcohol. Another alternative could be a mocktail made of coffee, chocolate syrup, and milk or cream, blended with ice and topped with whipped cream, creating a similar taste profile as Black Russian.
Black Russian fun facts
- The Black Russian was created in 1949 by Belgian bartender Gustave Tops for the US ambassador to Luxembourg.
- The original recipe contained only vodka and coffee liqueur, with no added mixers or garnishes.
- The Black Russian is the perfect drink for coffee lovers who prefer a boozy kick – it tastes like a cup of coffee with a buzz!
- The drink gained popularity in the 1960s and became a staple in stylish bars around the world.
- Variations on the Black Russian include the White Russian (made with cream) and the Colorado Bulldog (made with cola).