Black Russian – Easiest (2 Mins) Recipe With Simple Ingredients, Tips

Black Russian

One of the easiest drinks to make at a bar, at a party and at home, Black Russian just mixes two different drinks together – Vodka and Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur).

Invented somewhere in the 1940s by a Bartender named Gustave Tops in a hotel bar in Brussels, Black Russian is the easiest to memorize for wannabe bartenders and is rich in sweet and energy.

The drink is in no way associated with Russia, other than the name itself. The name Russian probably refers to Vodka and Black refers to the Kahlua, which is a dark coffee based liqueur.

This cocktail is also one of the official drinks of the International Bartender Association (IBA). 

If you are not familiar with this drink, you might know what a White Russian is – the creamy version of the Original Black Russian.

Let us now see how to make a Black Russian.

Black Russian Recipe

Black Russian Recipe

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A classic cocktail that is sweet and rich in taste, a perfect drink for your dessert!
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktail
Servings 1
Calories 170 kcal


  • Highball glass
  • Jiggers


  • 2 oz (60 ml) Vodka
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Kahlua


  • In a Highball glass, add ice and add the ingredients Vodka and Kahlua in the required proportions.
  • Stir the drink gently and add Cherries as garnish.
  • Serve and Enjoy the drink!



Flavor: Coffee
Strength: Medium
ABV: 25%


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 9gFat: 0.1g
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Tips To Make Black Russian

The drinks that are probably easy to make do have a secret. If not done right, they might taste bad as well. In this case, you do not shake it in a Cocktail shaker, instead you stir them gently.

Kahlua is the Coffee Liqueur that is traditionally used in this drink. But if you can’t find it, you can substitute it with any other Coffee liqueur.  

On the other hand, you can try a plain Vodka or a Coffee Vodka, in the latter case, the taste is pretty strong on the coffee front. 

In fact, you can play around with Vodka flavors like Chocolate or any others that go well with Coffee.

Variation Of Black Russian

The modern great, the White Russian is a cousin of the Black Russian, in that it additionally adds Cream to the mixer to give the White color and little sweeter flavor to the drink. 

And as said before, you can try them with Flavored Vodka like Vanilla Vodka, or anything that goes well with Coffee taste.

Mind Eraser is a Black Russian layered on top with Soda water. 

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Black Russian is a classical drink that is perfect for desserts and also to have a fun house party with your friends who want to have it soft and sweet.

More than that, this is one drink to play around with & you can even add more ingredients & invent new drinks.

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