the recipe for the dirty black russian cocktail: the black russian with cola

The Dirty Black Russian cocktail is a highball variation of the traditional Black Russian drink.  It is made pretty much along the same way as a traditional Black Russian is made, but is topped off with Cola. The drink is sometimes also referred to as the Black Russian with Coke or a Tall Black Russian. This is a high ball drink served over ice with no garnish.

The addition of the cola is what makes the Black Russian a Dirty Black Russian.  It is called the tall black russian because the drink usually served as a high ball. This is a pretty easy drink to make as it has only three ingredients which are easy to get.


  • 3 shots of Vodka
  • 2 shots of Coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
  • Any kind of Cola


  1. Chill a highball cocktail glass with ice cubes
  2. Add ice cubes into a cocktail shaker or a large glass
  3. Add vodka to the cocktail shaker
  4. Add coffee liqueur into the shaker
  5. Stir well to mix
  6. Empty the shaker into the chilled highball
  7. Top the highball with a large splash of the cola
Tall Black Russian

Variations and Similar Drinks

Vader: Substitute Cola with Jägermeister.
Smooth Black Russian: Also known as the Irish Russian, the cola in the Dirty Black Russian recipe is substituted with Guinness stout.
Peri’s Black Russian: The vodka in the Dirty Black Russian is substituted by Vanilla Vodka.
Brown Russian: The Cola in the recipe is substituted with Ginger Ale.

Tips and Notes

  • The popular coffee liqueurs are Tia Maria and Kahlua. You may use either of them.
  • This recipe is a variation of the traditional Black Russian cocktail.  You can also checkout the more popular White Russian which is a variation of the Black Russian.
  • Even though it is just as easy to stir the Vodka and Kahlua in the highball, i suggest that it be shaken as it mixes the ingredients better.