"Another Caucasian, Gary!" This is our ode to the great cult classic from Joel and Ethan Coen’s, The Big Lebowski, in which hippie icon, the Dude (Jeff Bridges), single-handedly made the White Russian the definition of cool. And at the time when the film was released in 1998, that was not an easy feat. The White Russian—a mix of equal parts vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream—was invented in 1949 by barman Gustave Tops at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels to honor the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg at the time, Perle Mesta. The cocktail became well liked in Europe and eventually made its way stateside when the Oakland Tribune published the recipe in 1965. The White Russian enjoyed some popularity during the ‘60s and ‘70s, but it fell out of fashion and was considered gauche until The Big Lebowski came along and made the drink cool again. The Dude also proved that you don’t need a fully stocked fridge to shake up a White Russian or, as he sometimes called it, a Caucasian—non-dairy creamer works in a pinch. The Caucasian is the perfect solution when you’re craving a White Russian but dairy products are nowhere to be found, say while camping or at the beach—or at a badly stocked bowling alley. And if the whole thing is a little lowbrow for you, try classing things up with a craft coffee liqueur or even a homemade liqueur (which isn’t that difficult to make and totally worth the effort). This cocktail is best enjoyed on a really great rug that ties the room together with Creedence playing in the background.
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1 oz Vodka
1 oz Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Non-Dairy Creamer
- Add the vodka and coffee liqueur to a rocks glass with ice.
- Top with non-dairy creamer. Stir, if desired.