Black Russian Recipe

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Black Russian

  • Author: Ingrid Visockiene
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


A cocktail from the Cold War era, the Black Russian combines vodka and decadent coffee liqueur for an indulgent cocktail that is incredibly simple to make.

I find its dark, enticing colour and the deep, sweet flavours of coffee liqueur make the Black Russian a flavoursome cocktail with a rich and robust character.

Its name reflects the drink’s ingredients and the period’s geopolitical context, with vodka representing Russia. 


  • 2 oz or 60 ml Vodka
  • 1 oz or 30 ml Coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
  • Ice cubes


  1. Prep: Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour: Pour in the vodka and coffee liqueur.
  3. Serve: Stir gently to combine and chill the mixture.


The Black Russian cocktail’s invention is given to bartender Gustave Tops, who created it in Brussels, Belgium, for the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. 

Another fun fact! This cocktail is the base for the White Russian, which adds cream to the mix. It shows the versatility and adaptability of simple, classic recipes to suit a wide range of tastes.

  • Prep Time: 1 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

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