Black Russian

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This article is about a cocktail. For African diaspora in Russia, see Afro-Russian. For other uses, see Black Russian (disambiguation).
Black Russian
IBA Official Cocktail
Black Russian.jpg
A Black Russian cocktail
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Old Fashioned Glass.svg
Old Fashioned glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Pour the ingredients into an old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
* Black Russian recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Black Russian is a cocktail of vodka and coffee liqueur. It contains five parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients. Traditionally the drink is made by pouring the vodka over ice cubes or cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass, followed by the coffee liqueur.[1]

This combination 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 U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.[2] The cocktail owes its name to the use of vodka, a typical Russian spirit, and the blackness of the coffee liqueur.


  • Dirty Black Russian, Tall Black Russian, Australian Black Russian or Colorado Bulldog: served in a highball glass and topped up with cola.[3]
  • Black Magic: served with a dash of lemon juice and a lemon twist to garnish.[4]
  • Irish Russian or Smooth Black Russian: served with a head of Guinness stout.[2][5]
  • Brown Russian: served in a highball glass and topped with ginger ale.[6]
  • Peri's Black Russian: served in a high ball glass with vanilla vodka rather than plain, topped with coke
  • Vader: served with Jägermeister.
  • California Russian: served with a shot of triple sec and a slice of orange.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " - Black Russian". SpiritDrinks. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Sicard, Cheri (August 6, 2007). "Featured Cocktails - Black Russian and White Russian". Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tall Black Russian". Fluid Trade. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Black Magic". Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Smooth Black Russian recipe". Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brown Russian". SpiritDrinks. Retrieved July 23, 2010.