white or black russianDo you take your coffee white or black?  An equally good question is do you prefer a white or black russian?
Both white or black russian cocktails contain coffee in the form of a liqueur, usually Kahlua.  Kahlua was first created in Mexico in 1936.  The white or black russian was created in 1949 in Belgium.

 White Or Black Russian – You Decide!

To start off, take a look at Jamie Oliver’s russian cocktails:

Here are the recipes for Black Russian, White Russian and Homemade Coffee Liqueur, courtesy of TheSpruce.com:

Black Russian

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur

How to Make It

  1. Build the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir well.

Cola Black Russian

You can choose to make your black russian a longer drink, by adding your favorite brand of cola or diet cola to it.  This allows you to enjoy this cocktail for more than a couple of sips before it’s gone!

White Russian

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce cream

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir well.

How to Make your own Coffee Liqueur

What You’ll Need

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 two-inch piece of vanilla bean
  • 8 tablespoons quality instant coffee
  • 750-milliliter bottle (a “fifth”) of rum (for a taste like Tia Maria) or vodka (for a taste like Kahlua)

How to Make It

  1. Combine the vanilla bean, sugar and water in a saucepan.
  2. Boil until the volume has been cut in half, or about 30 minutes.
  3. Add 8 tablespoons quality instant coffee and allow the mixture to cool.
  4. In a sealable glass jar or bottle, combine the simple syrup (sugar solution) and rum or vodka. Shake well and let sit in a cool, dark area for 10 days.
  5. After 10 days, strain the liqueur through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store in a sealed liquor bottle.


Other Alternatives

The other alternatives that you can choose are using your favorite vodka, check out our ThingsMenBuy.com best brands of vodka to help you decide.

Or if you decide that actually the taste of coffee with vodka is just not right, try one (or more!) of these vodka cocktails instead!

Shield Yourself Now

Lewis Gordon is a successful businessman living in Boston, Massachusetts. When he’s not working, he enjoys travelling – especially tasting other cuisines, scuba diving, watching and playing soccer. Lewis also has a love of dogs and is the proud owner of an English Setter.

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