Russian Monk
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Russian Monk
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The Russian Monk cocktail is a straightforward, chilled drink that capitalizes on the robust and clear flavor of vodka, with a hint of sweetness and aromatic depth provided by vanilla ... more The Russian Monk cocktail is a straightforward, chilled drink that capitalizes on the robust and clear flavor of vodka, with a hint of sweetness and aromatic depth provided by vanilla rum. Typically served in a shot glass, this drink has a punchy character and is designed for those who appreciate a spirit-forward concoction. Despite its simplicity, the vanilla element adds a layer of complexity that can complement the crisp profile of the vodka, making the Russian Monk an interesting variation for vodka enthusiasts looking for a subtly flavored but powerful shot.
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40% | 1.8 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Russian Monk

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour the Absolut with a splash of Bacardi Vanilla Rum into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well and strain into a shot glass to serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the vanilla rum in a Russian Monk cocktail?

Yes, if vanilla rum isn't available, you can substitute it with a dash of regular white or gold rum and a few drops of vanilla extract. The goal is to mimic the vanilla flavor that complements the vodka.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Russian Monk cocktail?

The Russian Monk cocktail is best served cold in a shot glass. To achieve the optimal temperature and texture, shake the vodka and vanilla rum with ice before straining it into the glass. This preparation ensures the drink is refreshing and invigorating.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Russian Monk compare to other common cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 40%, the Russian Monk is on the higher end of the spectrum compared to many mixed drinks. Traditional cocktails like the Margarita or Martini typically range from 20% to 30% alcohol by volume (ABV), making the Russian Monk stronger and more potent.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I customize the Russian Monk cocktail to make it sweeter?

To add a sweeter profile to the Russian Monk cocktail, you can incorporate a splash of simple syrup, agave nectar, or even a flavored liqueur that complements the vanilla note, such as coffee or caramel liqueur. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

DIETARY_CONSIDERATIONS

Is the Russian Monk suitable for a gluten-free diet?

Most vodkas are distilled from grains, which might raise concerns for those with gluten sensitivities. However, the distillation process typically removes gluten, making many vodkas gluten-free. To ensure the Russian Monk is gluten-free, opt for a vodka that is specifically labeled as such and confirm that the vanilla rum does not contain any gluten additives.

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