Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jan 17, 2014

White Russian

The first cocktail I ever had in my entire life was a White Russian.  It's kind of the perfect first libation for many because it tastes more like a milkshake than a stiff drink.  Once looked down upon because of these qualities, I feel like the overly sweet White Russian is having its revival.  It also helps that The Big Lebowski's continued cult status has also popularized it over the years - it's now become somewhat hipsterish and cool to drink one as long as you're referencing the movie.  It had been years since I'd had a White Russian, and I really just wanted dessert after dinner, but didn't have any sweets around the apartment.  As I stared at my bar, it came to me instantly, and I couldn't help but break into a smile.  I had also recently received a bottle of Caffe Borghetti, which is an Italian espresso liqueur, the recipe of which originated in 1860.  If you don't have this particular brand, feel free to sub in the more popular Kahlua choice.  I go light on the cream as I like my drinks stiff (but you all know that).
White Russian

  • 1 2/3 oz vodka (I used Grey Goose)
  • 2/3 oz Caffe Borghetti or any other espresso liqueur
  • 1-2 oz cream, to taste

- In a glass filled with ice, add the vodka and Caffe Borghetti and stir, stir, stir.
- Top with the cream, to taste.