Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail Recipes we discuss on this blog

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Lemon Meringue Martini

A Lemon Meringue Martini is the perfect boozy alternative to a traditional after-dinner lemon meringue pie. It tastes just as good as the real dessert. This citrusy Martini is a sweet and tart combination of Limoncello, Lemonade, Vodka, and Half & Half, garnished with a Graham Cracker rim, meringue, and a lemon wheel.

cotton candy cocktail

Cotton Candy Cocktail

Experience a modern twist on a classic treat with our Cotton Candy cocktail. This innovative drink combines familiar flavors, reminiscent of the cotton candy enjoyed at fairs and carnivals, with a sophisticated presentation.

Tapeworm shot

The Tapeworm Shot

There’s no other way to put it… the tapeworm shot is disgusting. This isn’t something you are going to enjoy as the drinker, but you might just enjoy watching someone else squirm before shooting it back.

spicy pineapple margarita recipe

Spicy Pineapple Margarita

The Spicy Pineapple Margarita is the perfect summer’s day drink. This sweet and spicy tropical riff on the classic Margarita offers tons of flavor and character. It is the perfect marriage of sweet-tart pineapples, spicy jalapenos, fresh lime juice, Blanco Tequila, and Cointreau.

Gin Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Gin Daisy Cocktail Recipe

The Gin Daisy is a zesty and rejuvenating spin on the traditional daisy cocktail. With a medley of gin, citrus, and grenadine, this lively libation is a burst of summer in a glass.

Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe

Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe

Discover the delightful Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe, a playful and refreshing twist on the classic Shirley Temple. With a mix of lemon-lime soda, grenadine, vodka, and a splash of cherry juice, this grown-up version will take you back to carefree days with a touch of adult sophistication.

chilton cocktail recipe

The Chilton Cocktail

Step into the heart of the South with the Chilton Cocktail, where the hospitality is warm, and the drinks are refreshing…

blackberry bramble

Blackberry Bramble

The Blackberry Bramble is the perfect happy hour cocktail. This simple gin cocktail is refreshing, subtly sweet, pleasurably tart, and incredibly easy to make. The star ingredient of the Blackberry Bramble is Crème de Mûre, a sweet-tart blackberry liqueur. Here’s our take on this modern classic.

Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini

The Peach Bellini is the perfect light, bubbly drink to serve at a summer’s boozy brunch. The sweet combination of fresh peaches, Prosecco, Peach Schappes, lemon, and mint will have you feeling peachy all summer long.

Hawaiian Mimosa cocktail

Hawaiian Mimosa

The Hawaiian Mimosa, a tropical paradise of mixology, where flavors collide and cocktails transport us to sun-kissed beaches…

Corona Sunrise cocktail recipe

Corona Sunrise

The Corona Sunrise is a delightful drink that combines the crispness of Corona beer with the fruity allure of a classic tequila sunrise…

Malibu sunset cocktail recipe

Malibu Sunset

Enjoy the vibrant hues and tropical flavors of the Malibu Sunset cocktail. Discover how to create this visually stunning drink in minutes…

Blueberry Lemon Drop

Blueberry Lemon Drop

The Blueberry Lemon Drop is the perfect blend of tangy lemon and luscious blueberries in this delightful cocktail.

Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail recipe

Malibu Bay Breeze

Enjoy the refreshing and tropical flavors of the Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail. Discover how to make this beach-inspired drink and transport yourself to a sun-soaked oasis.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Recipe

The Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

The Blue Hawaiian Cocktail brings together refreshing and tropical flavors. Learn how to make this drink and bring a taste of the islands to your next party.

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Electric Lemonade

Electric lemonade is a fun twist on a summertime classic, with a kick of blue curaçao and vodka to give it that extra kick.

pineapple upside down cake shot

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot

Get ready for a taste of summer with our Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot – a sweet and tangy twist on the classic cake, all in a single shot glass.

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

The Blood Orange Margarita is a tangy twist on the classic margarita, with the addition of fresh blood orange juice that brings a beautiful red hue and a citrusy sweetness to the drink.

watermelon margarita recipe

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

The watermelon margarita is the perfectly summertime cocktail that combines the best of both worlds with sweet and sour flavors. This cocktail is the perfect summer drink that will leave you feeling cool and satisfied with every sip of this delicious watermelon margarita.

simple syrup recipe

Simple Syrup Recipe

Simple syrup is a staple cocktail sweetener that deserves a spot on every bartender’s shelf. After years of purchasing simple syrup at the store, I finally tried a homemade recipe – and I’ve never looked back!

white gummy bear shot

Gummy Bear Shot

Looking for a drink that reminds of you running around your neighborhood as a kid. The gummy bear shot takes you right back to your childhood where you could crush a whole bag of Haribo Gummies and still feel great.

liquid marijuana shot recipe

Liquid Marijuana Shot

Contrary to popular belief, a liquid marijuana shot does not contain THC or any cannabis compounds. Here’s how to make a liquid marijuana shot.

white negroni cocktail recipe

White Negroni

The White Negroni is a delicious cocktail you can find at most bars nowadays. Here’s our favorite White Negroni Recipe.

brown derby cocktail recipe

Brown Derby Cocktail Recipe

There are many cocktails that are steeped in history, and the brown derby is one of them. Here is the Brown Derby Cocktail Recipe.

mezcal negroni

Mezcal Negroni Recipe

The mezcal negroni is a drink that has been around for awhile, but it seems to be gaining in popularity lately. Here’s the best recipe you’ll find online.

polynesian pearl driver

Polynesian Pearl Diver

The polynesian pearl diver is a delicious and refreshing cocktail. We’ll teach you the recipe and tell you some funny stories about it.

black manhattan recipe

Black Manhattan

Some people will tell you that a black manhattan is just a normal manhattan, but with a dash of bitters. Here’s our black manhattan recipe, aka the best recipe.

lemon drop shot

Lemon Drop Shot

Lemon Drop shots are fairly simple to make. All you have to do is mix together four easy-to-find ingredients – vodka, sugar, water (or club soda), and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Here’s how we prefer to make the Lemon Drop shot.

diving bell cocktail

Diving Bell

Looking for a new drink to add to your repertoire? Well, look no further than the diving bell cocktail! This delicious drink is perfect for any occasion, and it’s easy to make.

River of Gold Cocktail

River of Gold

Looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail to enjoy this summer? Look no further than the river of gold! This drink is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Here’s how to make it:

Rum is the New Black

Rum is the New Black

Our Rum is the New Black cocktail is my absolute favorite way to enjoy a rum old fashioned. It has sweetness, depth and a smoothness that makes it hard to resist whenever I look at my bottles of rum.

Pillar of Autumn Cocktail

Pillar of Autumn Cocktail Recipe

The Pillar of Autumn Cocktail is great for those living in areas where you get rich flavors growing all over the place in random orchards and farms so we’re lucky to have a lot of variety…

Heart of Darkness Cocktail

Heart of Darkness (Dark ‘N’ Stormy Variation)

You’ll find that the Heart of Darkness Cocktail is remarkably easy to drink and if you enjoy Thai food (I do and I find that remarkably easy to eat. All of it) then this is a drink that’ll have a lot of those familiar flavors and aromas.

Pins & Needles Cocktail

Pins & Needles Cocktail Recipe

The Pins & Needles cocktails is a classic gin recipe that you really smell while you’re making it. In the best of ways, Braulio has a great pine smell to it that is reinforced by the Zirbenz without losing any of its inviting aroma and without it smelling like you just wrestled a Christmas tree.

Mezcal Cocktail

The Almondo

If you like to live on the adventurous side with a mezcal cocktail, then you’ll love the Almondo. Tart from the citrus and the sherry, sweet from the orgeat and smoky from the mezcal & hot sauce. If you have some spicy bitters you’ve been meaning to use again, now is the time

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The Architect

The Architect is a delicious absinthe cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This drink is easy to make and it always impresses your guests. Here’s how to make it:

gin cocktail recipe

The Witches Garden

Looking for a delicious and unique gin cocktail recipe? Look no further than the Witches’ Garden! This drink is perfect for parties, and it’s sure to impress your guests. The recipe is simple to follow, and it only requires a few ingredients. So gather your supplies and get started!

mezcal recipe

La Muerte Chiquita

Do you like mezcal? If so, you’re going to love this delicious mezcal recipe called La Muerte Chiquita. It’s a great drink for parties, and it’s sure to impress your friends!

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The Wildfire

This pisco cocktail is inspired by the green fire from the Game of Thrones, the wildfire cocktail is one of a kind. Calling for a range of interesting ingredients, you’re going to have fun with this one!

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Branches in the River

This gin recipe dubbed, The Branches in the River, is a delicious cocktail that combines several ingredients that aren’t often used in mixology. Don’t let that scare you though, making it isn’t as difficult as the exotic nature of its ingredients make it seem!

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The Gojira Cocktail Recipe

The Gojira cocktail is a simple gin recipe that you’ll love. This beatuiful cocktail is perfect for any occasion, and it’s easy to make…

Cosmopolis Cocktail Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Cosmopolis Cocktail Recipe

The Cosmopolis Cocktail is pretty easy. The idea here is for a pleasant gin cocktail with familiar flavors enhanced by the botanicals in a good gin that vodka just simply doesn’t have, along with the richness of the liqueur.

Sazerac cocktail recipe feature photo.


The Sazerac cocktail is arguably the most popular absinthe cocktail in the world, even though very little is used in it. Somewhat similar to the Old Fashioned, it’s a classic that every cocktail enthusiast should know.

Slippery Nipple Shot Recipe and slippery nipple recipe

Slippery Nipple Shot

The slippery nipple is a humorously named shot that actually tastes quite good and calls for the underused drink ingredient, Sambuca Liqueur. Created in the 1980s, it has several variations that are detailed below.

How to Make a Zombie Cocktail

Zombie Cocktail

The Zombie Cocktail created by Don the Beachcomber in the late 1930s, is a fun classic tiki drink, that’s generous with its servings of alcohol and beautiful garnishes. Served in a cool ‘Zombie’ glass, it’s a favorite amongst many tiki cocktail drinkers.

How to Make a White Lady Cocktail

White Lady

The White Lady cocktail is a simple, elegant and lovely classic that’s beautifully garnished with bitters.

How to Make a Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail is tequila and orange juice with a dash of grenadine to give it that ‘sunrise’ look.

How to Make a Southside Cocktail

Southside Cocktail

It’s said the Southside Cocktail was created in New York’s “21” club. Essentially, it’s a minty-fresh gin sour. Or, a mojito served straight up in a coupe glass.

How to make a Singapore Sling Cocktail

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling Cocktail recipe is an often debated subject in the bartending community. The recipe we’re going to use has been adapted from the original coming from the Raffles Hotel.

How to Make a Sex on the Beach Cocktail

Sex on the Beach

The Sex on the Beach cocktail is a popular highball mostly because of its name. That being said, it’s not half bad, especially when it’s made with quality ingredients.

How to Make a Screwdriver Cocktail


The screwdriver cocktail is a simple highball – it’s essentially a vodka and orange juice.

How to Make a Rusty Nail Cocktail

Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail Cocktail is a delicious concoction perfect for those who are interested in learning about scotch, but you can’t quite handle the ‘bite’ of it straight yet.

How to make a Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy Cocktail

The Rob Roy cocktail is a variation to the Manhattan – it’s made with scotch instead of bourbon or rye whiskey.

How to Make a Presbyterian Cocktail

Presbyterian Cocktail

A Presbyterian cocktail is a dry and spicy drink that is perfect for those who enjoy a whisky forward flavor. It’s the perfect drink for parties and get-togethers.

How to make a Pisco Sour Cocktail

Pisco Sour Cocktail

The Pisco Sour cocktail variation to the whiskey sour, it’s delicious if you like Pisco – an unusually grape brandy coming from Peru & Chile. The reason for its popularity today is because it was championed by Dale DeGroff (aka, ‘king cocktail’) in his hey day.

How to Make a Penicillin Cocktail

Penicillin Cocktail

The Penicillin cocktail is guaranteed to cure all types of ailments – that’s how the combination of peated scotch whiskey, ginger, honey and lemon works, right?

How to Make a Mudslide Cocktail

Mudslide Cocktail

A Mudslide cocktail is a drink that is made with vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, and cream. It is a sweet and chocolatey drink that is perfect for those who enjoy a creamy beverage.

How to Make a Mint Julep Cocktail

Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Dating back to the 1700s, the mint julep cocktail was the first American drink that attracted international attention. Essentially, it’s a mojito with bourbon instead of rum and no fresh lime juice.

How to Make a Millionaire Cocktail

Millionaire Cocktail

The millionaire cocktail is a crowd pleaser that uses some interesting ingredients. Sloe gin, in particular, is a massively underused ingredient in bars that’s absolutely delicious.

How to Make a Tommy's Margarita Cocktail

Tommy’s Margarita

Tommy’s Margarita cocktail is a popular variation to the classic margarita that calls for more tequila, no triple sec, and agave syrup as its sweetener. It’s also served in a rocks glass over ice.

How to Make a Lychee Martini Cocktail

Lychee Martini

The Lychee Martini cocktail is essentially a vodka sour that’s been flavored with lychee ingredients and honey. It’s fruity, sweet, and delicious.

How to make a French Martini Cocktail

French Martini (Sex and the City Cocktail)

Also known as the ‘Flirtini Martini,’ the French Martini cocktail was featured in the ‘Sex and the City’ increasing its popularity. It’s an easy drinking, fruity cocktail.

How to Make a Chocolate Martini Cocktail

Chocolate Martini

The Chocolate Martini is popular because it is a unique and delicious cocktail. It is made with vodka, chocolate liqueur, and cream, and it has a rich and chocolatey flavor.

How to Make an Apple Martini | Appletini Simple Recipe

Apple Martini

Sometimes called an ‘Appletini’, the Apple Martini Cocktail is simply a vodka sour flavored with apple juice & liqueur, and using honey syrup as the sweetener.

How to make a Dirty Martini Cocktail

Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini is a variation to the original Martini Cocktail by adding olive brine to the mix. It can be made with either vodka or gin.

How to Make a Martinez Cocktail Recipe

Martinez Cocktail Recipe

It’s likely that the Martinez cocktail evolved from the Manhattan and is the precursor to the dry martini cocktail. The main difference being that the Martinez is made with sweet vermouth and the martini is made with dry vermouth.

How to make a Lynchburg Lynchburg Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

Lynchburg Lemonade

Created in Lynchburg Tennessee, the Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail is for all you Jack Daniel’s fans – it’s one of the most popular cocktails in the world.

How to Make a Last Word Cocktail

Last Word Cocktail

If you like Chartreuse, you’ll love the Last Word cocktail. It’s one of the few mixed drinks that skillfully employs this interesting ingredient.

How to Make a Japanese Cocktail

Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese cocktail is a classic that’s been around since the mid-1800s, it’s a beautiful combination of cognac & orgeat syrup.

How to Make a Hot Toddy Cocktail

Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe

Hot Toddy cocktails have been around since the 1700s and were once considered a type of medicine. There are many variations but the most popular one calls for ‘Christmas spices.’ Unsurprisingly, it’s most commonly ordered around Christmas.

How to Make a Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

Harvey Wallbanger

Appearing in the 1960s, there are a few stories of how the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail came to be. My favorite is that it was named after a surfer called Harvey who drank so much he’d bump into the walls.

How to Make a Greyhound Cocktail

Greyhound Cocktail

The Greyhound Cocktail is a popular drink made with vodka, grapefruit juice, and lime juice. It’s refreshing and flavorful, making it a perfect drink for any occasion.

How to Make a Gin Rickey Cocktail

Gin Rickey

A Gin Rickey is a refreshing, carbonated cocktail made from gin and lime juice. It’s typically served in a highball glass with ice and is perfect for a hot summer day.

How to make a Gin Fizz Cocktail

Gin Fizz

An easy way to remember fizz cocktails is that they’re almost always sours, topped with soda and served in a highball glass. The Gin Fizz cocktail is no exception.

How to make the best Gimlet cocktail


It’s important that a Gimlet Cocktail contains lime cordial (or lime syrup) instead of fresh lime juice. If made with fresh lime juice and sugar, it’s called a ‘Gin Rickey’ instead.

How to Make the Best French 75 Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

French 75

The French 75 is a wonderful champagne cocktail that can be made with either gin or cognac, and lemon or lime juice.

How to Make a Dark 'n' Stormy Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Dark ‘n Stormy

A simple Bermudian highball cocktail that’s popular all around the world. For a Dark ’n’ Stormy to be called a Dark ’n’ Stormy it must be made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum because it’s a trademark of Gosling Brother’s Ltd.

How to Make a Delicious Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail

Strawberry Daiquiri

The Strawberry Daiquiri is arguably the most popular variation of the original Daiquiri recipe. It gets a lot of slack because it’s often made cheaply at partys & festivals, but when made properly, it’s fruity, sweet, balanced & delicious.

How to Make the Best Cuba Libre Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Cuba Libre Cocktail

The Cuba Libre is a simple highball cocktail – don’t forget to add the shot of fresh lime juice, otherwise, it’s just a rum & cola.

How to Make a Fun Clover Club Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Clover Club Cocktail

The Clover Club cocktail is a pre-prohibition cocktail attributed to the ‘Clover Club’ society. It’s one of the few society cocktails that made it around the world.

How to Make a Brandy Alexander Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Brandy Alexander Cocktail

Also known as ‘The Panama,’ and originally as the ‘Alexander #2,’ the Brandy Alexander cocktail is a classic that was created in the 1930s. It’s the perfect after-dinner / dessert cocktail.

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Bramble Cocktail

The Bramble cocktail was created by UK bartender Dick Bradsell in the 1980s, it’s one of the most popular cocktails of all time in the UK. It’s essentially a gin sour with blackberry liqueur. In the real world, a bramble is the bush that blackberries grow on.

How to Make a Better Boulevardier Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Boulevardier Cocktail

The Boulevardier cocktail was popularized at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris by its owner, Harry McElhone. It’s basically a Negroni that calls for Bourbon instead of Gin.

How to make a Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

The Blue Lagoon is a unique looking cocktail – mainly because it’s blue. It’s one of the few cocktails out there that you’ll use the blue curaçao for behind your bar.

How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Blood and Sand Cocktail

The Blood and Sand cocktail is an unusual combination of ingredients that works surprisingly well.

How to Make the Best Bay Breeze Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Bay Breeze Cocktail

The Bay Breeze is a simple highball cocktail that is sure to impress both the ladies and men with a tasty flavor and refreshing kick…

How to Make a Better Aviation Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation Cocktail is a beautiful, complex and sophisticated classic that’s been around since at least the 1930s. It’s a great one to introduce to gin drinkers who are looking to experiment.

How to Make the Best Airmail Cocktail - Crafty Bartending

Airmail Cocktail Recipe

The Airmail cocktail is a champagne cocktail that’s not as well-known as some of the others, like the French 75, but it’s just as delicious.

Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a sophisticated whiskey cocktail. It’s a classic and it’s the perfect ‘gateway drug’ into the world of whiskey.

Whiskey Sour Cocktail

Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour Cocktail is popular all over the world. It can be made with or without egg white. Personally, I think it’s with the creaminess of the egg white.

Tom Collins Cocktail

Tom Collins

The Tom Collins cocktail is a refreshingly simple drink that’s been around since the mid 1800s. It’s essentially a gin sour topped with soda.

Pina Colada Cocktail

Pina Colada

The Pina Colada cocktail is a refreshing summer cocktail comprising of rum, pineapple juice & coconut cream.

Porn Star Martini

Porn Star Martini

The Porn Star martini cocktail is a modern classic. Created by London bartender Douglas Ankrah in the early 2000’s, it’s bold, sexy, fun and evocative, and now an essential cocktail in every drinker’s repertoire.

Moscow Mule Cocktail

Moscow Mule

Traditionally the Moscow Mule Cocktail is served in a copper mug. It is a simple drink comprising of vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer.

Mojito Cocktail


The Mojito cocktail is arguably the most popular summer cocktail in the world. And rightly so. It’s the perfect refreshment on a hot summer’s day.

Dry Martini Cocktail

Dry Martini

The infamous dry martini cocktail is one of the most well-known cocktails of all time. It’s also one of the most confusing to new bartenders.

Margarita cocktail


The Margarita is one of the world’s most popular drinks and the drink responsible for bringing tequila to the wider population.

Manhattan Cocktail


The Manhattan cocktail is a quintessential classic. It’s likey the father of the Martinez cocktail and the grandfather to the infamous Dry Martini Cocktail.

Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai

The Mai Tai cocktail is a modern classic and arguably the most popular tiki cocktail on the planet. It was created by the famed bartender “Trader” Vic Bergeron. Here’s how to make a variation of his classic.

Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail

Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is a strong cocktail that’s very popular among college & uni students – probably because of how strong it is.

Irish Coffee Cocktail

Irish Coffee Cocktail

The Irish Coffee is arguably the most popular cocktail in the world that’s served warm. It was the first of its kind and many variations have been created because of it.

Espresso Martini cocktail

Espresso Martini

Created in 1983 by Dick Bradsell, the Espresso Martini is a modern classic and one of the most popular cocktails in the world. You could call it the perfect pick-me-up, after-dinner coffee, or the sophisticated drinker’s ‘Vodka Redbull.’

Daiquiri Cocktail


There are many variations to the daiquiri cocktail, but the classic version is a fine, sophisticated & simple drink that anyone can enjoy.

Cosmopolis Cocktail Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

The Cosmopolitan cocktail is an essential drink every bartender should know. Not only is it highly popular, it’s also a fantastic drink. This recipe is well-balanced, it looks great, and adds an element of showmanship with the flaming orange garnish.

Caipiroska Cocktail


The Caipiroska cocktail is a variation to the Caipirinha cocktail, the Russian version, and it’s a very flexible recipe to play around with – you can do a lot of interesting things with this cocktail.

Caipirinha cocktail


The Caipirinha cocktail is a very polarising cocktail because it uses a rough spirit called cachaça rum. Some people love it, others hate it, so be sure to check your guest knows what they’re getting into before they order one!

Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary cocktail is one of the few cocktails every bartender should know. Because of its popularity, everyone has their own recipe. The one listed below is a recipe I’ve found that appeals to the widest audience.

White Russian Cocktail

White Russian

The White Russian cocktail is a variation to the Black Russian cocktail. Essentially, it’s a black Russian with cream.

Black Russian Cocktail

Black Russian

The Black Russian is a classic that’s been around since the 1940s. It’s most commonly made with Kahlua, but it can be made with any coffee liqueur.