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Black Russian

The combination of Vodka, Coffee Liqueur with a lemon slice and cherry sail gives The Black Russian an air of retro chic. This recipe renders a fairly dry version of the drink, to make a sweeter version use more Kahlúa and less vodka or add cola to stretch it to make a longer cocktail.

The drink is said to have originated in the late 1940s when Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg, was staying at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. The establishment’s bartender, Gustave Tops, decided to make a signature drink just for her and The Black Russian was born. With the Cold War just starting, a dark, mysterious cocktail using Russian vodka was quite appropriate for the time! A smooth velvety twist on the more famous White Russian, which was in fact created after the Black Russian, in the mid-1960s.

Black Russian

ingredients

  • 2 measures Vodka
  • ½ measure Coffee Liqueur
  • Top up with Coca-Cola (optional)
  • Lemon slice and cherry (sail) to garnish

How to serve it

  • In a mixing glass add all ingredients.
  • Add ice and stir.
  • Strain into a iced-filled Old Fashioned glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon and cherry sail.

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