Green Russian Cocktail Inspired by Archer
Over the weekend we watched the first episode of season 2 of Archer, one of our favorite shows in the universe. The episode, called "Swiss Miss," took place in Switzerland, and featured a cocktail called a "Green Russian," to hilarious results. We caused quite a stir by jokingly posting to Facebook that we were whipping up some Green Russians, and afterward our interest was piqued. We had to try it, but was our assumption that it was a White Russian made with swiss absinthe way off base?
Our first stop was the Internet, and we were able to find a few interesting things. One was that there were already a couple Green Russian recipes to be found, mostly made with either Creme de Menthe or Midori. Another was that we were correct about the absinthe (it was pretty much stated in the episode without saying the word) when we read this interview. So, based on that information, we built a White Russian but left out the coffee liqueur in favor of absinthe. Our first shot at mixing it had too much milk and not enough "green," so we tried again and floated the absinthe on top just for kicks.
While this looked pretty good for the picture, the absinthe was a bit much when we took a sip so we stirred it into the drink. It swirled up nicely and while it ended up looking a bit like a Shamrock Shake, it tasted more like someone milked a licorice cow. To be honest, the flavor wasn't anywhere near as terrifying as we expected, and we haven't blacked out yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Anyone have any ideas for other ways to present a Green Russian?
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Posted by Jake at January 31, 2011 7:15 PM
The official Archer recipe for Green Russians (from the book How to Archer: the Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written):
"This is the only time in the entire cocktail section that I'll say this: Be careful with these.
2 oz. absinthe
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. crème de menthe
2 oz. milk (Pam, being a lost cause, uses heavy cream)
Shake ingredients, over ice, in a cocktail mixer. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Drink, while thinking about the decisions that have brought you to this very spot, at this very moment."
(MJM aside: No more perfect recipe could exist; the final instructions render this the Platonic ideal of cocktail recipes.)