Black Russian

Black Russian // Feast + West

Black Friday means two things: shopping and exhaustion. I tend to avoid Black Friday — unless it’s from the comfort of my couch hunting online deals. I love Small Business Saturday too. (You should check out some of the local finds in my Kitchen Road Trip series. There’s stuff from almost every state!)

A long day at the mall (or laptop!) deserves a nice dark drink. The Black Russian is just that. It’s a smooth, coffee-based libation. I love Kahlua for its chocolatey, coffee sweetness. The Black Russian is a classic drink that combines Kahlua with vodka. With just two ingredients, plus ice, it is one of the easiest drinks you can make.

Black Russian // Feast + West

If you want something a little lighter, you can top it off with some half-and-half or milk to make a White Russian. You can also have some fun with ice, using the traditional big cubes to make it last longer, or you could pour the whole thing over crushed ice (or even snow!) for a gorgeous, slushy treat. A scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream would take the Black Russian to the next level, if you ask me.

Black Friday also means Thanksgiving leftovers, and a Black Russian makes an awesome after-dinner drink. Be sure to check out some of the amazing leftover recipes from Blogsgiving Dinner. I do hope your Thanksgiving was awesome! Enjoy your weekend. // susannah

Click below for the Black Russian recipe! 

  Black Russian // Feast + West

Black Russian // Feast + West

Black Russian

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A smooth and sweet classic cocktail — like a white russian without the cream.



  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour in vodka and Kahlua.
  3. Serve immediately.


For a White Russian, top with 1/2 ounce of half-and-half. Stir before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g

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  1. Deirdre Reid says

    White Russians are one of my favorite liquid desserts. Last weekend I tried a variation — a White Lithuanian. Replace the vodka with Krupnikas – a Lithuanian liqueur made with honey and spices by the Brothers Vilgalys in Durham. NC made! It’s so good that my vodka bottle may get dusty.

  2. Gwen says

    Susannah! I think you are simply amazing. So charming, creative and un-pretentious. I love to visit Feast and West. I’ll be posting about you, perhaps this weekend. Thank you for sharing the cleverness and humor in your soul!

  3. Camila Grace says

    I am so in love with this recipe of Black Russian. I will try this on my birthday for sure. I bet my friend would definitely love this, Cz they are so crazy for Vodka just like me. So yay!! I will try this and definitely give you their reactions.

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