A sparkling black Russian with a little bit of an orange edge.
Some days, I like making elaborate cocktails with lots of chopping, muddling, and mixing. Others, I want to keep it simple. Consider this orange sparkling black Russian an “other.” But a delicious one!
A black Russian is really just a white Russian without cola instead of cream. It’s a nice, less-heavy alternative, and adding some orange flavors to the mix makes it even more refreshing.
Chocolate and coffee is a surprisingly lovely combination. If you like chocolate with orange, I definitely recommend giving this combination a try. Chocolate and coffee actually have a lot in common, flavor-wise, and a lot of things that mix well with chocolate go well with coffee, too.
This cocktail was inspired by Grey is the New Black’s double juniper cocktail, which stars Dry Juniper Berry Soda. If you haven’t tried Dry sodas, I recommend it! They’re very low in sugar and come in some great flavors. A 12 ounce bottle of their blood orange soda contains 14 grams of sugar and 50 calories. The same size bottle of Coke contains 39 grams of sugar and 140 calories. I don’t usually count calories, but when it comes to sugar, I feel like they tell the story well.
I have not tried this recipe with other orange sodas, but if you can’t find Dry, I’d suggest looking for another low-sugar (not artificially sweetened) orange soda. Grown Up Soda would probably work well. If you try this out with a sweeter orange soda, I hope that you’ll report back!
Dry Blood Orange Sparkling Black Russian
Yield: 2 orange sparkling black Russians
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Kahlua or other vegan coffee liqueur
- 1 bottle DRY Sparkling Blood Orange
- a few drops orange bitters (optional)
- Fill two tall glasses with ice, then add 1 ounce vodka and 1 ounce Kahlua to each glass, and stir.
- Top both glasses off with the soda, stir gently one more time, and add the bitters.