I’m back, both guns blazing! First, let me apologize. If you had not noticed, I totally forgot to include a Booze of the Month for May…maybe it was the booze. Either way, we’re back in action and with a real winner. This month’s Booze of the Month is none other than The Dudes fave: The White Russian.
My love affair with the white russian began some 15 years ago…that’s right, when I was 10. No, I wasn’t a raging drunk pre-teen sneaking around my parents liquor cabinet. Quite the opposite really. See, when we moved to NC and finally had Cable I found the Graham Kerr show. Chef Kerr, a cheerful Brit in white collar attire, created simple dishes for the American Family and I think I ordered just about every cookbook he ever made. One, especially geared towards children, included a recipe for a “quick milkshake” consisting of milk, sugar, and vanilla extract over ice: A Virgin White Russian! Well, almost, but the flavor is nearly identical and was the only way I would ever drink a glass of milk.
So, here I am 15 years later, with a more adult version of my beloved Graham Kerr milkshake delivering a healthy supply of calcium…and maybe a little something extra! My recipe goes as such:
1 Shot Vodka (something really good otherwise you only taste the vodka and the drink’s crap)
1 tsp Kahlua
1/2 2% Milk
Add a bunch of thick ice to a small tumbler glass. The thick ice will melt slower and keep the drink from becoming watered down. First add your Vodka, then drizzle in the Kahlua and top with milk to the brim. Stir and guzzle.
Megs still doesn’t understand how anyone can drink milk as a cocktail, but let me ask you this: Do you like Milk Shakes? Do you like Coffee? Do you like Booze? I can say no more…
Even my little mantis friend here was waiting for a glass of the good stuff. Sorry bud, I just don’t think you can handle it (he’s a lightweight).
Some purist prefer to use half and half for their White Russians but I find it incredibly heavy and clawingly sweet, so I opt for the 2% or even something lighter to make my version extra refreshing (and sinfully easy to consume).
I’ll end with a quote from The Dude, because what would a White Russian post be without it:
(As The Dudes being forced into a limo) “Hey, careful, man, there’s a beverage here!”