9 BRAND-NEW WHITE RUSSIANS FOR YOUR DRINKING PLEASURE

Made with just vodka, Kahlúa and heavy cream—and popularized by The Dude, Jeff Bridge’s slacker hero character in The Big Lebowski who seemed to subsist on the drink—it’s hard to take the White Russian seriously. Still, the decadent after-dinner drink has a bit of a history, despite gaining its cult status in a film. A version of the cocktail dates back to the early part of the 20th century, when it appeared in the 1930 edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock under the name the Russian, made with vodka, gin and crème de cacao (yikes). There was also the Barbara, made with vodka, crème de cacao and cream, which eventually became the Russian Bear, then the Russian, and when Kahlúa a came into play in the 1940s, it found its way into the Russian and became the White Russian that we know by the 1950s. To honor this evolution, these are nine new versions of the Dude’s favorite beverage. It’s time to abide. 

2. NOT SO WHITE RUSSIAN (INTRO, CHICAGO) 
This cocktail was developed by mixologist Diane Corcoran, who switched things up a bit by adding El Dorado rum in place of vodka. She stuck with the half-and-half and added coconut puree, Tempus Fugit crème de cacao, Firelit coffee liqueur and an egg white for froth and texture. 
 
8. THE BIG LEBOWSKI SHAKE (STRIPBURGER, LAS VEGAS)
This shake will keep you super cool along the Vegas Strip. It’s made with coffee ice cream, Kahlúa, vanilla vodka, house-made coffee syrup and whipped cream. 
 
By Cindy Augustine

Liquor.com

(August 4, 2016)