A selection of Christmas cocktails lined up in a row

Black russian

  • serves 1
  • Easy

Make this classic dark cocktail with vodka and coffee liqueur. Serve in an old fashioned glass with ice for an elegant after-dinner drink, or try our festive twist


Try our black russian cocktail recipe, then check out our white russian, espresso martini, bloody mary and more vodka cocktail recipes. Also try our recipe for homemade coffee syrup and more coffee cocktails.

Looking for an alternative to kahlua? Try our pick of the best coffee liqueurs for some interesting options.

You can give this black russian a special festive twist with the following amendments:

  1. Swap out 25ml of vodka for 25 ml spiced Christms vodka or Christmas gin.
  2. Add 1 tsp Cointreau and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters before mixing.


  • vodka 50ml
  • coffee liqueur 25ml, (such as Kahlua or Tia Maria)
  • ice