Happy Hour: The White Russian

This classic cocktail almost completely disappeared until a certain “Dude” revived it’s popularity.

The White Russian, which has no real ties to Russia aside from the fact that vodka is one of the main ingredients was originally created by Gustave Tops, a Belgian barman, in 1949. He created both the white and black (without cream) Russian cocktails in honor of Perle Mesta, the US ambassador to Luxembourg at the time.

Soon after the drink was invented, it gained a bit of popularity until it became a bit passé due to the contents of cream or milk, which was regarded as a child’s drink.

The drink all but disappeared from bar menus until 1998 when “The Big Lebowski” premiered, where Jeff Bridges’ infamous lead character, The Dude, drank them with regularity. Suddenly the cocktail had skyrocketed in popularity, with many different variations being introduced.

As always, we recommend ordering one at the bar before spending your hard earned money on the ingredients for your home bar.

What you’ll need:

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Coffee Liqueur

1 oz Cream or Milk

Mix the vodka and coffee liqueur in an old fashioned glass over ice, then pour in the cream or milk, stir a couple of times to mix the ingredients


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