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Vodka • Sweet
The Dude Abides

We understand that the idea of milk in a cocktail can be frightening, whether you’re lactose intolerant or simply don’t want to mix alcohol and dairy. And that’s OK because our friends at Nitehawk Cinema found a way to recreate the White Russian without using any heavy cream. “The Dude Abides is more an homage to the flavor and feeling of a White Russian,” says beverage director Matt Walker. “We had been playing with floated egg white cocktails for a while when our head bartender Daniel Thompson came up with this gem. The prep and build are complicated but well worth the effort.” The recipe calls for a homemade coffee-infused vodka, which takes about two weeks of downtime, but the result will make you glad you took the extra time to make it. Ancho Reyes adds a touch of spice, while the dark beer gives the drink a deep, rich flavor. An egg white provides the frothy, decadent head, which won’t leave you missing any dairy.

The Essentials

coffee-infused vodka
Ancho Reyes
Egg white
Mesh Strainer
Shaker
The Details
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Ingredients

1 oz coffee-infused vodka
.5 oz Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur
.25 oz honey syrup
.25 oz walnut liqueur (Thompson prefers Nux Alpina)
1 egg white
Dark beer (Thompson uses Rockaway Nitro Stout)

Method

  • Starting with an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass, pour your favorite dark beer to the halfway point.
  • Add all other ingredients to a cocktail tin and dry shake for at least 20 seconds.
  • Crack the tin open, add ice and shake again for 10 seconds.
  • Double strain over the top of the dark beer, floating the cocktail on top.
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Strength:
Coffee-Infused Vodka
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

2 cups vodka
.25 Cup coarsely crushed coffee beans

Method

  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vodka with the coffee beans and close the jar tightly. Let stand at room temperature for two weeks.
  • Strain the vodka and discard the solids.
  • Strain the vodka a second time through a coffee filter into a clean jar and refrigerate for up to three months.
Honey Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 Cup honey
1 Cup water

Method

  • Combine the water and honey in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and stir until honey dissolves, about 2 minutes. Immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
  • Let cool, then pour into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.