The White Russian is the creamy sister cocktail to the Black Russian. A Black Russian is 5 parts vodka to 2 parts Kahlua (coffee liqueur), the White Russian adds 3 parts cream to that.

A very popular and trendy drink in the 70s (and my GoTo gambling cocktail in those days) the White Russian's popularity then waned until 1998 when The Big Lebowski was released. Onto the screen strides Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), an aging hippie who dubs his White Russians "Caucasians" and sloshes them down while abiding through life in bathrobes, sandals and surfer bum threads. These days the White Russian and The Dude are so intertwined you can't order one without someone shouting "He abides" or simply, "Dude!"  Don't believe me? Go into a bar, order one, I dare you.

It might not be considered by most mixologists as one of the world's greatest drinks but I happen to enjoy drinking a Caucasian occasionally and, like The Dude says, "everything is just, like, your opinion, man”.

Martini Diva Style

2 Oz. Vodka
1 Oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1-1/2 Oz. Cream, Whipped lightly (soft peaks)
2 Dashes Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Espresso Powder Rim, Scrappy's Orange Bitters

Tools: Stir Stick

Glass: Old Fashioned

Dip the rim of the glass in some Kahlua, then into the espresso powder.
Fill glass with a few ice cubes.
Stir in the Vodka, Kahlua and chocolate bitters.
Slowly add the whipped cream to float on top.
Do not stir again.
Tap a few dashes of the orange bitters on top, add a stir stick and serve.

Just take it easy, man, enjoy ... but watch out for cats ....

The Black Russian has no cream.
The Blind Russian (aka Muddy Water) which substitutes cream with Irish Cream.
The Mudslide which uses both cream and Irish Cream.
The White Canadian made with goat's milk.
The Anna Kournikova made with skimmed milk.
The White Cuban made with rum instead of vodka.
The Dirty Russian made with chocolate milk instead of cream.
The Dirty Black Russian has no cream but uses cola.
The Colorado Bulldog adds cola.
The California Russian adds a shot of triple sec and a slice of orange.
The Irish Russian is served with a head of Guinness.
The Brown Russian is served in a highball glass and topped with ginger ale.
The Black Magic uses a dash of lemon juice and a lemon twist garnish.
Peri's Black Russian is served in a highball glass with vanilla vodka then topped with cola.


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