Russian coffee

  • Recipe difficulty: Easy
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  • 30 ml of espresso coffee
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • Cream (to taste)

A Russian coffee isn’t a traditional Russian way of serving coffee. Instead think of it as an excellent alternative to its cousin, the Irish coffee.

A Russian coffee is vodka, rich espresso and cream. Adding sugar will counterbalance the coffee’s bitterness and round out its flavor. Topping gently with cream brings everything together – but add too much and the flavor of the coffee will be lost.

Unlike whiskey vodka has a clean, neutral flavour, so the quality of your Russian coffee will depend more on the quality of your espresso than the vodka you choose (although it’s a good idea to use the best vodka you have available). Making a consistent espresso is simple using an espresso machine or moka pot.

If you prefer steamed milk to cream then you can top your Russian coffee off with foam. A Russian coffee can also be an excellent cocktail for a hot day – just add plenty of crushed ice.


  1. Prepare the espresso coffee
  2. Add the sugar and the vodka
  3. Pour inside a glass
  4. Pour cream gently over the back of a teaspoon so it forms a layer atop the coffee
  5. During the summer, in addition to the cream, add crushed ice.

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