If you like the movie The Big Lebowski, you also know it’s pretty hard to watch without an overwhelming urge to drink a White Russian. The obvious problem with that for me is that they are made with cream – but that seemed like a relatively easy problem to solve. The less obvious problem shows up when you research the ingredients in Kahlua itself: it’s loaded with sugar and corn syrup.
The rest of the ingredients seemed pretty manageable, though – it’s essentially a blend of coffee, vodka, sweetener, and a bit of vanilla. Sounds like something you could brew up in your kitchen to me! This ended up being surprisingly quick and easy, and you know we’re all about quick and easy around here.
Start by boiling water for what is going to be a crazy strong batch of coffee. While you’re boiling the water you can add a vanilla bean to it to let it simmer in there. Remove the vanilla bean and set it aside for the moment while you make your coffee.
I used a french press and added about 3/4 cup of coffee grounds to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water (told you it was strong!) and let it brew for about 3-4 minutes. Strain it into a measuring cup and you’ll have maybe a cup of coffee – you’ll lose some water in all those grounds.
Now pop that vanilla bean back in there and add 1/4 cup agave nectar and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Stir to combine and then add a cup of vodka. Blend it all together and taste – it should taste pretty similar to Kahlua (or Tia Maria or whatever coffee liqueur you normally drink. I think Tia Maria might be made with rum, which you could also use.) It’s a bit less sweet than Kahlua, which I personally preferred, but you could always add more of the syrups to make it more sweet if you want to. Once it’s all blended together just pour it into a bottle (I used an empty vodka bottle)
You can drink it right away or you can let it sit for a few days – I imagine it keeps for at least a few weeks, probably longer.
And now, of course, I will also tell you how to make a vegan White Russian. And remind you that The Dude Abides.
What are your favorite drinks? Or movies? Or drinks that remind you of movies?