Black Russian

  • Units: 4
  • Served in: Lowball glass
  • Total time: 5 minutes


  • 62 ml/2.1fl. oz (2½ measures) Vodka
  • 25 ml/0.85 fl. oz (1 measure) Coffee liqueur, like Kahlua or Tia Maria 
  • Cola 
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional
  • A wedge of lime to garnish
Black Russian

The Black Russian is simple cocktail made from vodka and coffee liqueur can be served on the rocks (with ice only) but when combined with some cola it's much more palatable. The black russian is less famous than it's counterpart the white russian, but is still just as enjoyable.

The measures given are as close as realistically possible to the official IBA guidelines, which is 5 parts vodka to 2 parts coffee liqueur. 


  1. Add several ice cubes to a short glass. 
  2. Pour in the vodka measure over the ice cubes
  3. Then pour in the coffee liqueur measure
  4. Add the cola and stir again, then your ready to enjoy.
  5. Optional – garnish the glass with a wedge of lime
This Black Russian cocktail first appeared in 1949, and is credited to Gustave Tops, a Belgian barman, who created it at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.

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