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Black Russian

Black Russian Cocktail: The Original Recipe

A drink with great character and a strong flavour, suitable for those who enjoy strongly flavoured drinks. Here is the step-by-step recipe.

16 February, 2021
Average: 3.6 (7 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 5 MIN


1 3/4 OZ (50 ml)
Coffee liqueur
3/4 OZ (20 ml)



Old fashioned (low tumbler)


Building method

Step 01

Filtering the water

Chill an 'old fashioned' glass (low tumbler) with ice. With the help of a cocktail strainer, remove the excess water that has formed inside the glass.

Step 02


Measure the vodka with the jigger and pour it directly into the glass.

Step 03

coffee liqueur

Dose the coffee liqueur with the jigger and pour it directly into the glass.

Step 04


Gently emulsify the ingredients using a barspoon. Swirl the spoon inside the glass, placing it against the sides of the glass.


Variant: the White Russian

The white version of this drink is prepared with cream on top and dates back to the '70s. Add the cream trying to prevent it from falling to the bottom of the glass. To make it float, pour it on the back of a spoon, resting on the edge of the glass, so as to make it fall gently and cascade. Do not mix.


The Black Russian dates back to 1949 and is a creation of Gustave Topsè, barman of the Metropole hotel in Brussels, who prepared it for the first time in honour of the US ambassador, Pearl Mesta. The name obviously doesn't need many explanations: black for the colour of the coffee, and Russian because the famous distillate of Russian origin is used.


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