White Russian is a twist of its predecessor, the “Black Russian” (5:2 vodka:coffee liqueur). The Black Russian is a signature drink designed for Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg, while he was hanging out at a bar at the Hotel Metropole, Brussels, in 1949.
Cream was added to the Black Russian sometime during the cold war period in the 50s or 60s to refine its taste, creating the White Russian. Think of the White Russian as the cappuccino of the vodka/coffee liqueur “world”. It was first mentioned as a cocktail in 1965 here in the San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland Tribune on November 21, 1965). With a bit of arrogance, we can embrace it as our local cocktail; although its popularity is due to the Dude from the movie Big Lebowski. The White Russian was the Dude’s beverage of choice.
While a White Russian is amazing as is, I somehow miss a “coffee experience”. That is why I add a shot of espresso to take it to the next level. You can try to add ultra strong coffee, if you do not have espresso available. I guarantee you will shine at any party with this recipe!
Try the Farm Blend or one of the Catucais (Red or Yellow) if you use Unleashed Coffee. They will live up to this amazing cocktail.
UNLEASHED WHITE RUSSIAN RECIPE
2oz of Vodka
1oz of Kahlua
Double shot of espresso (input: 18g of coffee; output: 36g of liquid)
Add the Vodka and the Kahlaa to an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Top it with a splash of heavy cream and add a double shot of espresso.
Get ready to amaze your audience and tell them “Cheers!” from us.