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Classic Black Russian Cocktail

Originals are sometimes more classic

This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap.

This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in a classic nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in your bedtime drink.

As the original “Russian” cocktail, the Black Russian has quite the history behind it. The cocktail was developed in the 1940s by Gustave Tops, a bartender at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, when he created the drink for Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg.

Mesta was known as “the hostess with the mostes” for throwing some of the best parties in Washington D.C. It was at these parties where she supposedly served Black Russians to her guests. Thanks to Mesta, the Black Russian took off in popularity and soon after its sister cocktail, The White Russian, was born.

The Black Russian is considered a classic vodka cocktail. In fact, only the Black Russian is listed as official in the Contemporary Classics section, while the White Russian is listed as a variation of the drink recipe. Both variations are categorized as digestifs, also known as after dinner cocktails.

Traditionally, this cocktail contained five parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients. The vodka was then poured over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass and then topped with the coffee liqueur. Today, there is much more liberty with the ratios of ingredients use. Take advantage of this and create the perfect cocktail to suit your palate.

Want to try something a little different with your Black Russian? Pinterest is full of flavor variations for the Black Russian. There are even variations of this cocktail where whiskey and stout are substituted for vodka. We haven’t tried them that way yet, but if it looks good we say try it!

This is how you make this classic Black Russian cocktail recipe!

 

Black Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Black Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur into a mixing glass with ice. Stir till chilled. Strain into a Rocks glass, and add a few ice cubes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 167 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

Classic Black Russian, the perfect 2 ingredient after dinner cocktail

 

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Perfect White Russian Cocktail Recipe

Simplicity can be so satisfying

With only 3 ingredients, this classic nightcap will have you saying, “Ваше здоровье!” – That means ‘To your health’ in Russian.

This classic White Russian cocktail is the perfect 3-ingredient after dinner nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. And this simple, 3-ingredient White Russian cocktail is the perfect cocktail to add to your list of favorite nightcaps.

The White Russian cocktail has an interesting history. Father of the “Russian” cocktails, Gustave Tops, created the cocktail back in the late 1940’s for Perle Mesta, then U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. It was later popularized [and saved from near extinction] thanks to the movie The Big Lebowski, where The Dude throws back several White Russians throughout the movie.

The simplicity of its ingredients makes the White Russian the perfect little nightcap. There are many different flavor variations for it as well. Pinterest is filled with flavored White Russians from classic Vanilla all the way to Pumpkin Spice White Russians.

Many classic recipes for the White Russian use a coffee liqueur like Kahlua. I recommend Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa for its hints of chocolatey flavor and jazzier taste. Other ways you can mix it up is to substitute milk or Baileys Original Irish Cream for the heavy cream.

Cream or milk-based cocktails aren’t for everyone. Sometimes they can upset stomachs, and add extra calories to your cocktails that you may want to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight or don’t want a hangover. But lucky for you this lovely cocktail has a creamless alternative: The Black Russian.

This is how you make this perfect White Russian cocktail recipe!

 

White Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ Ounce Heavy Cream
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Perfect White Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur to a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with heavy cream and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 219 Fat (g) 7.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 27 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 25 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 11

Classic White Russian, the perfect 3 ingredient after dinner nightcap

 

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This is how you make Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail!

The Ice Queen Cocktail

Brr…this cocktail is giving us the cold shoulder

We tried making Natasha David’s Ice Queen cocktail, and it will change the way you think about Crème de Menthe cocktails.

Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail

When you think Crème de Menthe the first thing that often comes to mind is a Grasshopper. Well not anymore, thanks to The Ice Queen cocktail from the master mixologists at Nitecap, a Lower East Side bar in New York City. Brainchild of Natasha David, this cocktail graced the Nightcap’s spritz menu and was featured in the article Bitter and Bubbly, the Spritz Evolves. Which is where we discovered this tasty beauty.

Natasha’s recipe uses Plantation 3 Stars white rum, Giffard Menthe Pastille white crème de menthe, and a sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Cava. Since I prefer Prosecco to Cava, I chose to go Italian. Unfortunately, our local ABC store doesn’t carry Giffard Menthe Pastille [I don’t think you can get it in NC], so I had to use Mr. Boston’s white crème de menthe instead. If you can find the original liquor used it might give you a more authentic feeling, but if not a good substitute won’t hurt.

The Ice Queen is an interesting addition to our list of spritzes and wine cocktails. It’ll leave your mouth feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the arctic. The mint also makes water feel icy cold in your mouth afterward, and there’s something about that feeling that appeases my pagophagia [that means I like to chew on ice because I’m iron deficient].

If you are looking for a crème de menthe cocktail that isn’t your typical Grasshopper or Stinger, you can’t go wrong with choosing this Ice Queen. Be sure to check out some of our other crème de menthe cocktails while you’re at it.

This is how you make Nightcap’s Ice Queen Cocktail!

 

The Ice Queen

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Prosecco
  • 1 Teaspoon Crème De Menthe
  • 1 Cucumber Slice
  • Lime for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glasses
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

The Ice Queen: Gently muddle cucumber at bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add rum, lime juice, simple syrup and crème de menthe to the shaker and fill it about 3/4 of the way with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish it with lime. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

This is how you make Nitecap's Ice Queen cocktail.

 

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