Kahlua Especial

Kahlua Especial
Pernod Ricard/Allied Domecq
Coffee Liqueur
35% Alcohol (70 Proof)
Sometimes there's a man--I won't say a hero, cause what's a hero? 
But sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here-- 
sometimes there's a man who, well, he's the man for his time'n place, 
he fits right in there--and that's the Dude, in Los Angeles.
...and even if he's a lazy man, and the Dude was certainly that--quite 
possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County... 
which would place him high in the 
runnin' for laziest worldwide--but sometimes there's a man...
-The Big Lebowski
Those are the opening lines to the best movie ever made, The Big Lebowski. 
If you haven't seen it, you probably feel a gaping void in your life.  A void 
that you probably attribute to a mid-life or existential crisis.  And in some 
ways it is. Not seeing this movie is almost a crime against humanity.  Almost. 
One warning, if you don't like the "F-word," do NOTsee this movie.  The 
F-word, including variations, are said an impressive 292 times.  But don't 
let that deter you.  Life is not complete without seeing The Big Lebowski. 
Anyway, every single time I watch The Big Lebowski I feel this unmistakable 
urge.  Not like in 'Nam, of course. A yearning that will not stop.  It is
the wanting of one drink, one amazingly delicious drink, the White 
Russian.  Or "Caucasian," if you will. 
How does one make a White Russian you say?  Well, take some vodka, 
coffee liqueur, cream/milk, and ice.  Combine.  Drink.  Done. The real 
recipe is something like 1 part vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur, and 2 parts 
cream, but Hell, this is the Dude we're talking about.  Does he measure 
anything in the movie?  Or even seem to care about ratios?  No.  All he 
cares about is his rug.  And drinking a White Russian in every single scene 
where he appears in the movie, even with his lady friend. 
Well, enough of the Dude for now.  Back to the alcohol.  Coffee liqueur 
is an integral part of the White Russian which brings us to my new favorite 
coffee liqueur, Kahlua.  Not just any Kahlua, but Kahlua Especial.  This
 is essentially a more grown-up version of Kahlua. 
The Dude, White Russian in hand
It still tastes
 like sweet 
syrup, yet 
with the 
Especial the 
sweetness is 
tamed a bit,           
with the 
coffee taste being deeper, like a darker roast coffee.  I'm sure it would make a lot of great mixed drinks like a B-52 and what have you, but the White Russian is all I really ever have it in.  It's really all I want it in.  The Kahlua Especial is considerably better than standard Kahlua and makes one Hell of a White Russian.  But, that's just like my opinion, man.  

Drink This: if you are watching The Big Lebowski.  Or perhaps if you just want to feel like the Dude.
Don't Drink this: if you are a Nihilist.   


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