Black Russian

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

  1. Prepare an old fashioned glass by filling it with ice cubes.
  2. Measure 50 ml of vodka and pour it into the glass with the ice.
  3. Measure 20 ml of coffee liqueur and pour it into the glass with the vodka and ice.
  4. Gently stir the mixture until the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Garnish with a twist of orange peel or a coffee bean, if desired.
  6. 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

  1. The Black Russian was created in 1949 by Belgian bartender Gustave Tops for the US ambassador to Luxembourg.
  2. The original recipe contained only vodka and coffee liqueur, with no added mixers or garnishes.
  3. 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!
  4. The drink gained popularity in the 1960s and became a staple in stylish bars around the world.
  5. Variations on the Black Russian include the White Russian (made with cream) and the Colorado Bulldog (made with cola).