Classic Black Russian Variations

Black Russian 6 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The Black Russian is a bar staple, but it is also the basis for creative flavor manipulation. Vodka creates the blank canvas to begin with and coffee liqueur provides flavor. Fine-tune from this point to suit your flavor palate and possibilities abound.

Classic Black Russian

1-3/4 ounce Vodka

3/4 ounce Coffee Liqueur

Combine liquids in rocks glass over fresh ice. Stir. Optional cherry garnish.

Delicious variations to consider:

Patron Tequila with Patron XO Café Tequila Liqueur

Espresso Vodka with Kahlua Especial

Espresso Vodka with Frangelico, Amaretto or Walnut Liqueur

Anejo Rum with Coffee Liqueur

Also consider Heering Cherry Liqueur, NAVAN Vanilla Liqueur, Benedictine and various bitters as alternatives to begin adapting the Black Russian. Of course don’t forget the Classic Black Russian is the building block drink for the White Russian, Colorado Bulldog and Mudslide.

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