Vanilla Rum White Russian
Chances are you’ve heard of a White Russian, a rich creamy cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream served over ice. This beloved cocktail was created in the late 1940s by Gustave Tops, a Belgian barman who also created the White Russian’s sister cocktail a Black Russian which is simply a White Russian without the cream.
Milk is often substituted for the rich and decadent cream, but if you ask me, it’s the creamy, velvety richness of the cream that makes this cocktail sophisticated and exceptional. This is a special cocktail I love during the winter; it’s a lovely way to end an evening or to have as a reward after a long day on the ski slopes perhaps.
Credit to this drink’s more recent popularity is tied to the 1998 blockbuster The Big Lebowski where it was predominantly featured. which elevated this cocktail to legendary status. For fun, I tweaked the traditional White Russian recipe opting for rum (and a dash of vanilla) instead of vodka, I think it adds nicely to the drink’s complexity. So, this winter, I encourage you to be whip of a White Russian, continue the New Year celebration, and be indulgent in a way you haven’t before.