Black Russian
IBA official cocktail
A black Russian cocktail
Base spirit
ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Old fashioned glass
IBA specified
PreparationPour the ingredients into the old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
Commonly servedAfter dinner
Black Russian recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Black Russian is a cocktail of vodka and kahlua. It contains 50 ml vodka and 20 ml coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients.[1]

The drink is made by pouring the vodka and coffee liqueur over ice cubes or cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass and stirring.[2] The Black Russian is often garnished with a lemon slice and a Luxardo maraschino cherry on a stick.[3]


The Black Russian cocktail first appeared in 1949 and is ascribed to Gustave Tops, a Belgian barman, who created it at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels in honor of Perle Mesta, then United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.[4] The cocktail owes its name to the use of vodka, a typical Russian spirit, and the blackness of the coffee liqueur.


See also


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  2. ^ " - Black Russian". SpiritDrinks. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "Black Russian". Difford's Guide for Discerning Drinkers. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Regan, Gary (8 September 2008). "Behind The Drink: Black Russian". Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Tall Black Russian". Fluid Trade. Archived from the original on November 3, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  6. ^ "Black Magic". Archived from the original on November 5, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  7. ^ "Smooth Black Russian recipe". Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "Brown Russian". SpiritDrinks. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  9. ^ "Mudslide". Difford's Guide. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  10. ^ "The Mind Eraser: Vodka Drinks We Love". Retrieved 2021-06-13.
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