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
tamed a bit,
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.