Black Russian Cocktail

by XuCharles on Apr 19, 2023

Black Russian Cocktail


The Black Russian was created in Brussels in the 1940s by a Belgian hotel bartender for the American ambassador to Luxembourg. Its name comes from the Russian spirit—vodka—and the color the coffee liqueur gives the drink.



2 oz. vodka

1 oz. Kahlúa or coffee liqueur

Orange slice, Maraschino cherry, and/or orange bitters, for serving (optional)


  1. Step 1Fill a large measuring glass with ice. Add vodka and Kahlúa and stir with a bar spoon or another long-handled spoon until mixture is chilled, about 30 seconds.
  2. Step 2Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice, cherry, and/or bitters (if using).


Cocktails are best enjoyed right after making and do not work as a make-ahead drink because the soda will go flat. 

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