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Author: Lois Barnes, Posted: Friday, 24th June 2016, 08:00

White Russian White Russian

The White Russian was originally a variation on another vodka drink – the Black Russian. This drink is thought to have originated in Brussels in 1949, and it soon became popular due to its ease of creation and smooth flavour.

The introduction of cream to change the drink’s colour produced the official White Russian cocktail. Though fresh cream is preferred, milk is an acceptable substitute.

The cocktail experienced a brief flurry of popularity in the 70s before fading out for two decades. The White Russian was then immortalised in 1998 by the movie ‘The Big Lebowski’. Initially something of a flop, the film didn’t reach cult status until 2002 when it ignited the White Russian’s popularity once more.

There are many variations on the drink, including the Blonde or Blind Russian that substitutes the cream for Irish Cream.

30ml fresh cream
30ml Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
90ml vodka

1. Pour cream, kahlua and vodka into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake well and strain over ice into a low ball glass

Why not have a Mocktail?
For a non–alcoholic alternative, mix 30ml fresh cream with 30ml non-sweetened coffee flavoured syrup


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