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Vodka • Dry
Black Russian

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Though its cream-spiked counterpart usually hogs the spotlight, the Black Russian was the original vodka-and-Kahlua concoction, created in the late 1940s at the start of the Cold War. Gustave Tops, a bartender at the Hotel Metropole bar in Brussels created the vodka-based cocktail for his patron Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg. While meant to allude to the dark times following World War II, the drink ultimately inspired a slew of easygoing classics, from the White Russian to the Mudslide, which leads us to suspect that those drinks might be double agents. They’re happy—too happy.

The Essentials

Vodka
Kahlua
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Stir gently.
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Strength:
Vodka Sweet Easy
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