In keeping with the Chess theme, this week’s Friday Cocktail presents two tasty classics, the Black Russian and White Russian.
The Black Russian dates back to 1949 Brussels, Belgium, where a barman, Gustave Tops, mixed up the drink for the then American Ambassador to Luxembourg, Perle Mesta. It is most likely that the White Russian was created at a later date–it’s been around since at least the 1960s–but I haven’t been able to verify this. The drinks get their name from the use of the very Russian main ingredient: vodka.
What you’ll need: Vodka, Kahlua (or coffee liqueur), and cream.
These drinks couldn’t be easier to make. For the Black Russian, pour 2 ounces vodka and 1 ounce kahlua in a rocks glass over cubed ice. For the White Russian, pour 1 1/2 ounce vodka, 1 ounce kahlua, and 1 ounce cream in a rocks glass over cube ice. That’s it.
How I like it: I prefer the White Russian because it’s sweeter. I’m also more likely to make my Black Russian with equal portions rather than the typical 2 to 1 ratio. For cream, I used the International Delight French Vanilla; it’s a great complement to the kahlua!
Before making your next move, remember to drink responsibly!