Easy Black Russian Drink Recipe: A Timeless Favorite

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Black Russian Recipe
Transport yourself to a world of nostalgia with the Black Russian cocktail. This timeless drink combines vodka and coffee liqueur for a rich and indulgent experience. Sip and savor the memories with each delightful sip.

Hi, I’m Jacob Allen from Beyond the Bayou Blog. Let’s talk about the Black Russian cocktail. It’s a classic drink that brings good times. Join me in enjoying this tasty journey filled with laughter and great company.

Last night my uncle come to our house and he made Black Russian Cocktail for us. We entered in the kitchen, my uncle expertly mixed vodka and coffee liqueur until it tasted just right, showcasing his recipe for us all to enjoy.

Making a Black Russian now reminds me of good recipe and times with my uncle. Cheers to nostalgia and enjoying this classic cocktail!

Why Black Russian Cocktail is the Best?

The Black Russian cocktail may seem simple with just two ingredients, but it’s crafted according to a common cocktail formula: a strong spirit, something sweet, and a touch of bitterness. Vodka is the main alcohol, while coffee liqueur adds both sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

While traditionally made with Kahlúa, there are many coffee liqueurs available now, each offering different flavors. For example, St. George’s NOLA Coffee Liqueur adds chicory notes, while Fratelli Branca Borghetti is less sweet and more espresso-like. Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur from Australia balances sweetness and bitterness well, and it’s high in caffeine.

Overall, the Black Russian is still a great choice for an after-dinner drink because of its simplicity and rich flavor, especially when made with good vodka and a carefully chosen coffee liqueur.

Overview: How to Make Black Russian Recipe?

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Let’s make a Black Russian cocktail. You’ll need vodka and coffee liqueur. They’re the main ingredients, so make sure you have them ready.

Get a rocks glass and put ice in it. Add vodka and coffee liqueur. Stir gently to mix. Don’t stir too much, just enough to blend the flavors. So everything could be in touch.

Now your Black Russian is ready! It’s smooth and rich, great for sipping alone or sharing with friends. Take a sip and enjoy the different taste and cool vibe. Make you and your family or friends happy.

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Black Russian Recipe

Transport yourself to a world of nostalgia with the Black Russian cocktail. This timeless drink combines vodka and coffee liqueur for a rich and indulgent experience. Sip and savor the memories with each delightful sip.
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Course: cocktail
Cuisine: international
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 1 Serving


  • Rocks glass
  • Jigger


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua


  • Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the ice.
  • Stir gently to combine.
  • Optionally, garnish with a cherry or a twist of orange peel.


  1. For a variation, you can use flavored vodka, such as vanilla or caramel, to add a different twist to the drink.
  2. Adjust the amount of coffee liqueur to your taste preference. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add a bit more liqueur.


Serving: 90ml | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 16g

Time For My Personal Tips

Tip 1: Experiment with different types of coffee liqueur to find your favorite flavor profile. Some brands offer variations like caramel or hazelnut, which can add an extra dimension to your Black Russian.

Tip 2: Chill your glass in the freezer beforehand for an extra refreshing experience. A frosty glass enhances the taste and presentation of the cocktail.

Tip 3: Don’t rush the stirring process; a gentle stir ensures the flavors meld together perfectly without diluting the drink too quickly. Enjoy sipping slowly to savor every sip of this classic cocktail.

Larger Batch Black Russian Recipe

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You can scale up the recipe according to the number of servings you need. Just be sure to adjust the ingredients accordingly and mix everything in a larger container before pouring into individual glasses.

What To Serve With Black Russian Recipe?

Special Glass For Mixing Black Russian Drink

You can make Black Russians in an old fashioned glass. Any short whiskey or scotch glass, around 10 or 12 ounces, will work just fine.

Can I Use any Type of Vodka for this Recipe?

Yes, you can use any type of vodka you prefer. Some people enjoy using flavored vodka for a twist, but traditional unflavored vodka works just as well.

Do I Have to Use Ice in my Black Russian?

It’s not a must, but many people enjoy the drink served over ice. The ice helps chill the cocktail and can slightly dilute it as it melts, which some people prefer. However, if you prefer it without ice, you can definitely skip it.

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