giphyHooray, it’s National Milk Day. (Sorry, lactose-intolerant friends.) We’ve endured all those other, lesser holidays (Christmas, bah) and now the big one is here.

How to celebrate this most milky of days? With a White Russian, of course.

What is it? A cocktail made with vodka, Kahlúa and milk (or cream, or half-and-half if you’re The Dude) and served over ice.

Why’s it called that? The Black Russian (vodka and coffee liqueur) came first. It was called that because vodka is Russian and the drink was a black(ish) color from the Kahlúa. Adding milk makes it a White Russian.

Oh, I get it. There you go.

How many White Russian does The Dude drink in the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski”? Nine.

How do I make one?

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part Kahlúa (or other coffee liqueur)
  • 1 part milk or cream
  • Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Add Kahlúa and vodka, finish up with milk or cream.