Strange that a NY Times profile about The White Russian, aka the Caucasian, and it’s resurgence in popular culture would come out now and not ten years ago when it really was popular again thanks to the Coen Brother’s The Big Lebowski.
“When I first encountered it in the 1970s, the White Russian was something real alcoholics drank, or beginners,” David Wondrich, drinks correspondent for Esquire told the paper. Now, ordering the drink is “the mark of the hipster,” he said.
The movie, starring Jeff Bridges as the slacker-hero “The Dude,” factors heavily on the article. Which makes sense because the movie was the catalyst for the White Russian resurgance – 10 freakin’ years ago.
As Walter Shoback would say, “a line has to be drawn in the sand Dude. This is unacceptable.” But the article gets major kudos bars for getting Jeff Dowd, inspiration for Jeff Bridges’s character, to chime in on the matter.
“When I first met Cheech (Marin) at the Sundance Film Festival, the first thing we all wanted to do is smoke a joint with him so we could tell our grandchildren, ‘Hey, I smoked a joint with Cheech.’ Well, people want to say they had a White Russian with the Dude. I don’t want to turn them down, which has added a little extra tonnage to me.”
I can’t drink them myself. Too much milk and once is enough. I don’t know how anyone can drink three or four of them in one sitting, it’s too much. Me, I’d rather have the vodka or kahlua straight up or on the rocks. And at least someone agrees with me.
“The cream is going to build up,” said Ted Haigh, the author of “Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails.” “If you’re drinking these all night, the sugar will build, too, and you’ll have a hell of a hangover.”
The article also points out several other variations of the drink, just in case you want to get in on the action.
– The “Slim Russian,” made with either soy or low-fat milk
– The “White Trash Russian,” mixed with half a bottle of Yoo-hoo
– The “Dirty Mother,” which is a darker version of a White Russian