Black Russian Recipe

Black Russian

The Black Russian is known as a “duo,” meaning a simple recipe of a spirit and a liqueur. This easy vodka cocktail originated in Brussels, Belgium in 1949, and has been a perennial favorite ever since (its sister drink, the White Russian, achieved cult status in the late ‘90s thanks to the movie The Big Lebowski. You can adjust the ratio of vodka to Kahlúa to taste, though we generally recommend not overdoing it on the coffee liqueur, as it’s easy to make this too sweet.


2 oz vodka
1 oz Kahlúa

Preparation: How to make a Black Russian

  • Add vodka to an Old-Fashioned glass with ice, then top with Kahlúa and serve.
Black Russian