The Dude’s White Russian
Making its first appearance in the 1950s, this laid back cocktail is the younger sibling of the black Russian and became the cooler of the two after being featured in the Coen Brothers cult classic, The Big Lebowski.
The hero, sorry, the Dude, enjoyed 9 White Russians (or Caucasians) throughout the movie and hopefully by the end of this you’ll be able to enjoy one of your own as well.
The film has since become the foundational scripture for Dudeism, a Tao-like movement with over 250 thousand officially ordained Dudes worldwide. Not as serious as most religions, being an officially ordained dude is less about the title and more about being able to officially advocate the right to chill, man. The essence of the Eastern worldview represented by Dudeism is the awareness of unity and balance amongst all things. The Tao, more specifically, is a force that flows through all life: the one thing which exists and connects to all things.
“Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.” (Lao Tzu – Tao te Ching)
Which brings us back to this sweet little number, reminding us that perfect balance can be achieved with even the most unlikely of separate ingredients. Milk or cream by itself is quite infantile, just plain vodka straight up screams zero chill whatsoever and to drink Kahlúa or any coffee liqueur by itself is a pretty quick way to display your lack of drinking experience to any witnesses close by. Combining them all however, allows you to enjoy the sum of their parts in one complete drink and to take a page out of the Dude’s book.
Some people prefer their White Russians as a dessert drink and others like to enjoy one instead of a coffee or as they prepare for a day at the pool. When and where you enjoy yours is totally your call dude, just try not to muck it up in case you have to make one for another dude or dudette. Remember a ‘part’ can be a 30 ml shot or whatever you have available. This is more of a preferred ratio than a recipe set in stone man, so just chill and enjoy.
2 parts vodka
1 part Kahlúa
1 part cream (or suitable substitute, even powdered dairy creamer has been known to work fine)
Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the rocks in a whisky tumbler and float cream or milky substitute on top. Remember to include a swizzle stick or straw so the drinker has the option of finding his or her own balance.
Matthew Visser is an officially ordained Dude.