Whatever days in history surrounded the creation of the White Russian of the 1960s, they are obscured by March 6, 1998, the day directors Joel and Ethan Coen unleashed a disheveled, disarranged, and ruggedly disembodied Jeff Bridges upon the world in their film The Big Lebowski. Bridges’ character, known cosmically as “The Dude,” is snapped from his daily routine of day-drinking and night-bowling when he is thrust into a plot of kidnapping and mystery as the result of mistaken identity. The road is not without its tolls, but waiting at the end is liquid sustenance of vodka, Kahlua, and cream, and so The Dude abides.–Orr Shtuhl and Elizabeth Graeber
LC The Dude Note
If you’ve yet to devote 119 minutes of your life to plopping yourself on the couch and getting stoned, er, being stunned at the brilliance of Jeff Bridge’s zenned-out character, The Dude, in The Big Lebowski, please remedy that situation. Without delay. Say what you will about a fashionably unkempt guy who runs around in boxers and a ratty sweater, but The Dude’s heart is in the right place. So is his taste in cocktails. We’re not the only folks to think that. Rumor has it Ben & Jerry’s may soon release The Dude’s Dude Food, with The Dude’s image superimposed upon a bowling alley, just above the tantalizing description, “White Russian ice cream with chocolate malt bowling balls.” It seems to be just a spoof, but it’s got us wishing…and hoping…and, in the meantime, sipping.
White Russian Recipe
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes | Serves 1
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Kahlua
- Splash of cream
- 1. Combine over ice and abide.
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White Russian Recipe © 2011 Orr Shtuhl | Elizabeth Graeber. Illustration © 2011 Elizabeth Graeber. All rights reserved.