Sipping on a Classic: The White Russian

Today we're taking a look at the iconic and popular cocktail known as the Caucasian. This classic -based drink has been around for decades, but it's seen a surge in popularity thanks to its appearance in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. In the movie, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is often seen sipping on this and referring to it as a “Caucasian.”

Though it has some connection to Russia, the White Russian isn't actually Russian in any meaningful way. The name is a variant of the Black Russian whch was created by a Belgian bartender in honor of an American ambassador to Luxembourg. Despite its complicated history, there's no denying that this drink is tasty and fun to make.

So what is a White Russian? Well, it starts with two shots of vodka poured over ice in a rocks glass. Then you add three shots of Kahlúa and top it off with milk or cream (depending on your preference). To finish off the drink, give it all a good stir and serve.

Now that we know how to make one, let's talk about why so many people love them so much! Not only is this drink delicious, but it also has a certain kind of sophistication that makes it feel special when you order one at your favorite bar or restaurant. Plus, there are endless ways you can customize your White Russian depending on what kind of flavors you prefer—you could try adding different types of vodka or liqueurs for extra complexity and flavor.

If you're looking for an interesting twist on the traditional vodka cocktail, then you should definitely give the White Russian a try! It may have gotten its start from The Big Lebowski but now this classic beverage stands on its own as one of the most beloved drinks around!

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The Dude's Name for a White Russian

The Dude refers to a White Russian as a “Caucasian”. A White Russian is an alcoholic beverage made with vodka, , and cream served over ice. It is sometimes referred to as a Black Russian if the cream is left out. The Big Lebowski has popularized this drink, which was originally created in 1949 by Gustave Tops at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, Belgium. The Dude's signature beverage of choice throughout the movie has become a classic cocktail for many people.

The Origin of the Name ‘White Russian'

The White Russian is a cocktail that was created by a Belgian bartender in honor of the American ambassador to Luxembourg. The name is an homage to the ambassador's country, but it is not actually related to Russia in any meaningful way. The cocktail itself consists of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. It gets its name from the Black Russian, which was created by the same bartender as a tribute to the ambassador and his homeland. The only difference between the two drinks is that the White Russian includes cream, giving it its distinctive white color.


The White Russian, sometimes referred to as a ‘Caucasian', is a classic vodka-based cocktail that has been around for decades. Although it was popularized by the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, the drink itself has no real connection to Russia. Instead, it was created by a Belgian bartender in honor of the American ambassador to Luxembourg. Today, the White Russian remains one of the most well-known vodka and is enjoyed by many around the world.

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Thomas Ashford

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