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Caucasian
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The Caucasian cocktail, also known as the White Russian, is a simple and indulgent drink. Its origins can be traced back to the 1940s, when a Belgian barman mixed coffee ... more The Caucasian cocktail, also known as the White Russian, is a simple and indulgent drink. Its origins can be traced back to the 1940s, when a Belgian barman mixed coffee liqueur with vodka for a customer who wanted a pick-me-up drink. Over the years, the recipe has evolved, and today, it is typically made with 90ml of coffee liqueur, 60ml of vodka, and topped up with milk. The result is a creamy and slightly sweet drink with a bold coffee flavor and a touch of alcohol. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sophisticated drink that is not too strong. It is best served on the rocks or over ice, and makes for a perfect after-dinner drink or a delicious brunch cocktail. The Caucasian is a classic cocktail that continues to be a favorite among coffee and vodka lovers alike.
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12% | 4.2 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Caucasian

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Fill a rocks glass with ice
Pour in two shots of vodka and three shots of Kahlúa
Top off with milk
Stir and serve
~ Milk could be replaced with cream. ~

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Caucasian cocktail?

The Caucasian cocktail, more widely known as a White Russian, has its roots in the mid-20th century. It became famous as a variation of the Black Russian cocktail, with the key difference being the addition of milk or cream. The name 'Caucasian' is believed to have gained popularity from its use in the 1998 film 'The Big Lebowski'.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different kind of milk in a Caucasian cocktail?

Yes, you can use different kinds of milk in a Caucasian cocktail. While whole milk is traditional, you can substitute it with almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk for a dairy-free version. Each type of milk can bring a unique flavor and texture to the drink.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Caucasian?

The best way to serve a Caucasian is in a lowball glass, with ice. The ingredients should be poured over ice and stirred gently to combine. Serve immediately to enjoy the rich, creamy texture and the blend of coffee and vodka flavors.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Caucasian compare to other creamy cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 12%, the Caucasian falls into the moderate range for creamy cocktails. It is slightly stronger than a classic Baileys Irish Cream drink but less alcoholic than a straight White Russian, which typically has a higher vodka to mixer ratio.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What are some popular ways to customize a Caucasian cocktail?

Popular customizations for a Caucasian cocktail include using flavored vodkas, such as vanilla or caramel, for additional depth. Some might add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg on top for a warm, spiced note. Another variation involves using heavy cream instead of milk for a richer texture.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the difference between a white russian and a caucasian cocktail?

The terms "White Russian" and "Caucasian" refer to the same cocktail. The name "Caucasian" is an informal or slang term popularized by the movie "The Big Lebowski," in which the main character, The Dude, frequently orders a White Russian cocktail but refers to it as a "Caucasian." The standard White Russian cocktail consists of vodka, coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa), and cream or milk, served over ice in an old-fashioned glass. The typical proportions are 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur, and 1 part cream, though some variations may adjust the ratio according to taste. The addition of cream distinguishes it from the Black Russian cocktail, which is simply vodka and coffee liqueur without any cream.

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