Black Russian

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Ingredients

Barware

Old-fashioned glass
Measuring jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon
Strainer

Flavour Profile

Gentle
Boozy
Sweet
Sour

Nutrition

There are approximately 197 calories in one serving of Black Russian.

Styles & Flavours

Times, Seasons & Occasions

Bartender

Black Russian image

Serve in an

Old-fashioned glass

Garnish:

Lemon slice & Luxardo Maraschino cherry on stick (sail)

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

2 fl oz Ketel One Vodka
3/4 fl oz Coffee liqueur
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Review:

This popular cocktail is simple but tasty. Try with just a splash of cola (rather than also with the cream that makes a Colorado Bulldog).

Variant:

1. Served straight-up in a coupe glass.
2. A float of cream turns this into a White Russian.
3. Topped with cream and cola this becomes a Colorado Bulldog.

History:

Created in 1949 by Gustave Tops, a bartender at Metropolitan Hotel in Brussels, for Perle Skirvin Mesta, the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg (1949-1953). She was a rich American socialite famous for her lavish parties, and as well as the cocktail, Perle was the inspiration for Irving Berlin's Broadway musical Call Me Madam and she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine in March 1949. She was the original "Hostess with the Mostess."

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