The Dude (aka Jeff Lebowski, aka Jeff Bridges) may have re-popularized the White Russian (or, as he called it, the Caucasian) but he didn’t invent it. The cream-enhanced take on a Black Russian cocktail (vodka and coffee liqueur) dates back to the 1950s or '60s, making its first appearance in print in 1965 in the Oakland Tribune, now known as the East Bay Times. The recipe printed called for all equal parts vodka, Coffee Southern (a coffee liqueur popular at the time) and heavy cream. It’s the breakfast drink of champions.
- Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- With your bar spoon, gently stir the coffee liqueur and vodka together.
- Pour the cream over the top of the ice and serve.
Mix it Up
A sort of super-sized White Russian, the Russian Qualude adds hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream to the classic mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. Spelling nerds and prescription drug experts will note that the word "Qualude" is missing an "a." For whatever reason (perhaps as a means of legal protection should the Quaalude brand decide to pursue...