The Black Russian cocktail – straight up yet versatile
The Black Russian cocktail has a fascinating history and was invented in 1949 at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, by Belgian barman Gustave Tops.
The Black Russian cocktail owes its name to the use of vodka, a Russian spirit, and the blackness of coffee liqueur, a tantalising combination which appeared in 1949 at the start of the Cold War. Making a mysterious dark drink by mixing it with a Russian spirit was fitting for the times.
The variety, depth and combination of each of the different ingredients, makes the Black Russian a versatile cocktail, but its fascination with coffee as a base flavour, makes it fair to ask what the difference is between a Black Russian and an Espresso Martini?