January 31, 2011

Green Russian Cocktail Inspired by Archer

archer_swiss_miss_green_russian.jpgOver 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.

green_russian_cocktail.jpgWhile 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 Jamieson at January 31, 2011 7:15 PM
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Posted by: Evan at January 10, 2017 11:56 AM

Try using almond milk instead of normal milk. It really compliments the wormwood well.

Posted by: Nathan at April 22, 2015 10:49 PM

For a christmas party, I'm trying this recipe, but using egg nog in lieu of the Milk.. It taste pretty damn good...maybe too good...

Posted by: Mike Lockey at December 19, 2014 5:08 PM

Your supposed to prep the absinthe like a absenthe drink is made with icewater and suger cubes then you add the milk it never turns green but still taste out of this world serve cold!!

Posted by: Larry J at January 12, 2014 6:10 PM

Just mixed this like a white Russian but had the absinthe replace the vodka, and I'm pretty pleased with it...

Posted by: Alex at March 4, 2012 10:15 AM

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.

Green Russian

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.)

Posted by: MJM at January 21, 2012 7:18 PM
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