The Origins of the Black Russian Cocktail
The Black Russian recipe was invented in 1949 at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels by Belgian barman Gustave Tops. Tops created the drink to salute the achievements of his regular patron Perle Mesta, who was both the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg and a notable American socialite. Although the Black Russian originated in Belgium, its moniker evokes Russia's well-known association with vodka.
Black Russian Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time2 min
Total Time2 min
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Kahlúa coffee liqueur
- Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the vodka over the ice cubes, followed by the Kahlúa coffee liqueur.
- Stir well, and serve.
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