Movie Drinks – The Big Lebowski White Russian

Have you seen The Big Lebowski? Of course you have….what a preposterous question! But that means you’ll definitely be watching it again in the next few months, weeks, hours…..right now?

Like many great films Lebowski (yeah I’m shortening it) benefits from having an iconic drink/foodstuff that can be enjoyed by its viewing public whilst watching to enhance both the experience and level of immersion.

In this film’s case it is an alcoholic drink (bonus points!): The White Russian.

Have you ever had a White Russian? Chances are maybe not…unless you are reading this after collecting your pension in Basingstoke or sat at your pervy Great Uncle’s on Boxing Day.
The thing is Basingstoke Granny and Pervy Uncle Ruttiger are pretty awesome! White Russians rock! The Dude drinks 9 of them during The Big Lebowski, which means we can match him drink for drink and be well on the way to being shit faced by the time the credits roll.

The Recipe is simple;

  • 2 parts Vodka
  • 1 part Coffee Liqueur (e.g. Kahlua)
  • 1 part thick Cream

The secret, however is to serve it in a low ball glass – the older the better – think glassware prize on Bullseye and you’re on the right street. You should also think about having a good supply of ice on hand to ensure maximum exposure to the rocks: Think Dude – Keep it cool!

This is going to work best if you can persuade someone to come and be bartender for the night. Buy your most eager to please friend a pizza and set him/her a little bar up in the corner of the room from which they can serve you your drinks as and when you need to sip in unison with Jeff Bridges.

For additional movie geek points you should make them wear bowling shoes and you should be in a very old and stained dressing gown (you are welcome to make the stains any way you see fit).

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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