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 Dude Abides
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)
- 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.
2 cups vodka
.25 Cup coarsely crushed coffee beans
- 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.
1 Cup honey
1 Cup water
- 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.