White Russian

The Dude Abides

Fans of the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowsky will raise their glasses to this one.

by Franklin P. Carruthers


Mistaken Identity, Bowling, and White Russians

In Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 comedy The Big Lebowsky, Jeff Bridges plays the role of The Dude, an LA slacker who spends most of his days hanging out with his Vietnam vet friend Walter, and their misunderstood buddy Donnie, bowling and drinking White Russians.

Life is good until some thugs bust into his apartment one day under a pretense of mistaken identity, violently request their money, and defile the rug which The Dude so prizes.

White Russians are a constant throughout this classic. Simply watching the movie or thinking about it makes me think of White Russians.

Making a White Russian

To concoct your own White Russian, you will need an old-fashioned glass, a bottle of vodka, some Kalhua coffee liquer, and Half & Half cream. Also, you will need an additional glass for mixing, and some maraschino cherries for garnish.

Take an old-fashioned glass and fill it full of ice. Pour in about two shots of vodka, followed by approximately a shot of Kalhua. Top the rest of the glass off with the Half & Half.

The mixing is a simple “transfer of contents” mixing tactic. Pour the contents of the old-fashioned glass into the other glass, and back into the original glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Stonewall Tavern in Stillwater, OK will sometimes make a variation on the White Russian using the addition of a small bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream for additional creaminess.

Overall, the White Russian is a classic cocktail for a classic movie.



^ Back to Top

White Russian

+2 oz Vodka
+ 1 oz Kalhua
+ Half & Half Cream

Mixing instructions
Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass. Fill with light cream and serve.