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Black Russian

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Discover the Black Russian cocktail, a timeless drink beloved for its simplicity and depth of flavor. Combining vodka and coffee liqueur, this cocktail offers a unique taste that’s both bold and smooth. Perfect for any occasion, the Black Russian is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Let’s dive into what makes this drink a classic favorite.

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Tasting Notes

The Black Russian is known for its rich, velvety texture and a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. The vodka provides a clean, crisp base, allowing the deep, slightly sweet flavors of the coffee liqueur to shine through. Its dark color and enticing aroma make it a visually appealing drink with a taste that lingers pleasantly on the palate.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur (like Kahlúa)


  1. Fill a short glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in 2 oz of vodka.
  3. Add 1 oz of coffee liqueur.
  4. Gently stir the mixture.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • For the best flavor, use high-quality vodka and freshly brewed coffee liqueur.
  • Adjust the ratio of vodka to coffee liqueur to suit your taste. More liqueur will make the drink sweeter.
  • Serve in an old-fashioned glass for a traditional experience.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Black Russian, go for a smooth, premium vodka and a rich, flavorful coffee liqueur. Brands like Smirnoff or Absolut for vodka and Kahlúa or Tia Maria for coffee liqueur are excellent choices. The quality of these ingredients will elevate your cocktail to a whole new level.

Similar Cocktails

If you’re intrigued by the Black Russian, here are five similar cocktails to explore:

  1. White Russian – Add a splash of cream to the Black Russian for a creamy twist.
  2. Espresso Martini – For coffee lovers seeking a frothy top.
  3. Mudslide – A dessert-like drink with the addition of Irish cream.
  4. Colorado Bulldog – A fizzy version with a splash of cola.
  5. Russian Qualude – Adds hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream for a nutty flavor.
See also  Lemon Drop


The Black Russian cocktail was born in the late 1940s at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, Belgium. It was created by a bartender named Gustave Tops in honor of the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. Despite its name, the drink has no direct connection to Russia, aside from the use of vodka, a popular Russian spirit.

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Black Russian

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black Russian, Coffee, Vodka
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
The Black Russian is made with just two ingredients – vodka and coffee liqueur – served over ice in a rocks glass. The result is a smooth, flavorful cocktail.


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 coffee liqueur Kahlua


  • Place the ice cubes into your old-fashioned glass 
  • Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur into a separate mixing glass
  • Stir the mixture together before pouring over the ice
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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