The Black Russian – Strong and dark is how we like them…

The Russian cocktail brothers, white and black, are a little unbalanced in popularity. Purely because the classic white Russian (see: https://theferventshaker.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/the-white-russian-a-classic-cocktail-from-the-very-cold-east/) is slightly different; using light cream/milk which dilutes the alcohol and makes it more palatable..

Let me explain:

The original ‘Black Russian’ recipe is as follows:

1 measure Kahlua

1 measure Vodka

Serve over Ice, in a rocks glass.

And that’s it!

As you can imagine it’s a very strong, almost naked cocktail, when compared to the ‘slightly diluted’ white Russian (simply add 2 measures of cream/milk for a White).

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Using just Kahlua and Vodka, this cocktail is dark and mysterious… When you try it, you’ll find out why… (picture taken from http://www.kahlua.com)

This is not to say it is a bad cocktail, quite the opposite in fact; its flavours are perfectly balanced, especially if you use high-grade vodka (none of that paint stripper smelling kind – try Green Mark or Grey Goose).

However that’s not to say you cannot dilute a Black Russian to make it more palatable…

The best way to serve a Black Russian but in a slightly diluted state is as follows:

1 measure Kahlua

1 measure Vodka

Splash of fresh citrus juice (lime/orange/lemon/grapefruit)

Top up with Cola.

Serve over ice, in a Collins glass.

Top Tip: use just a splash of the citrus juice, and just before serving for the best results.

Now here comes the dilemma; as with all drinks using cola as a mixer, what cola brand do you use?

Well simply put, you use the brand you like best. In my experience I find that in drinks like this, longer more flavourful cocktails, Coke Cola works the best, and that’s said from someone who normally prefers Pepsi in everything.

That’s my personal opinion but I’m sure a supermarket brand cola would work just as well if you prefer that. Give it a try and let me know what your thoughts are below…

As a closing statement;

Whilst the White Russian is far more popular than its Black counterpart, they are both great drinks in their own right. Basically you just pick a side: Milk, or Cola. Milk = White, and Cola = Black… Regardless of your choice: Enjoy it 😀

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