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Black Russian

The Black Russian is a very popular vodka cocktail that is mainly enjoyed in cocktail bars and restaurants. It has a pleasantly tart coffee-like taste and is very easy to prepare. You need just two ingredients to prepare this cocktail: Vodka and coffee liqueur. We would like to present you a simple recipe with which you can easily prepare the Black Russian Cocktail at home. Have fun discovering and enjoying it!

Black Russian Cocktail Recipe

  • 5 cl vodka
  • 3 cl coffee liqueur

Step by Step Guide

  1. Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well with a bar spoon and strain through a bar strainer into a tumbler.
  3. Serve or enjoy yourself!
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Recipe by Tim

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Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur one after the other into a mixing glass. Add a few ice cubes and stir well with a bar spoon. Strain the cocktail through a bar strainer into a tumbler filled with ice cubes and enjoy the cocktail!

Bar Accessories:

  • Stirring glass
  • Bar strainer
  • Tumbler
  • Jigger

Flavour profile of the Black Russian Cocktail


39 Reviews

The cocktail is flavourful with alcohol and coffee. The slightly tart notes of the coffee liqueur underline the soft, pleasantly intense vodka flavour. A real pleasure. If you find the Black Russian too strong, we recommend making the White Russian. In this cocktail, the tart alcoholic taste is softened by cream. In addition, the White Russian is milder and not quite as intense.

The history of the Black Russian Cocktail

The Black Russian Cocktail is said to have been first prepared in the 1940s. It was first created in a hotel in Belgium. Gustavo Tops is considered the inventor of the vodka cocktail. After the drink was initially only known in the hotel, it was prepared more and more over the years by international guests. More and more people enjoyed the unique mix of vodka and coffee liqueur.

Today, the cocktail is relatively rare in bars and restaurants. Perhaps because it is too easy to prepare, perhaps because few people order it. From our point of view, you should give the Black Russian a chance. The cocktail has a unique aroma that can only be recreated by a few mixed drinks. Just try it yourself and prepare the vodka cocktail at home.

Difference between White and Black Russian

The two cocktails are actually very similar. Both are made with coffee liqueur and vodka. However, the White Russian is rounded off with a dash of cream. This changes its taste. In addition, the cocktail looks much lighter afterwards. We have summarised all the differences in this table:

Black Russian
White Russian
Coffee liqueur and vodka
Cream, coffee liqueur and vodka
Light brown
Tart, coffee, slightly bitter
Coffee, mild, intense

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Black Russian - FAQ

What is a Black Russian?

A Black Russian is a very well-known vodka cocktail made with vodka and coffee liqueur. It is easy to prepare and can be made in just a few minutes.

How do you prepare it?

To prepare it, simply put the vodka and coffee liqueur in a mixing glass and stir the two ingredients well. Then strain the mix through a bar strainer into a tumbler. Then strain and serve.

What does it taste like?

The taste is strongly influenced by alcohol and coffee. The interplay of tart and bitter notes is unique. Discover the simple recipe now and enjoy the cocktail at home!

Who invented it?

Gustavo Tops is considered the inventor of the Black Russian Cocktail. This man first prepared the cocktail in a hotel bar in Belgium. The hotel is in Belgium and not in Russia, as many have assumed.