Jeff Bridges Reintroduces Us to the White Russian, Man

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Jeff Bridges and Kahlúa have teamed up with a short film to remind everyone that the iconic White Russian exists, which is good if you like White Russians (some folks), or listening to Jeff Bridges narrate (everyone).

The biggest surprise about this partnership is how long it took for it to happen, given Bridges’ longstanding association with Kahlúa’s signature beverage through one of his most iconic roles: that of The Dude in the 1998 Coen Brothers’ masterpiece The Big Lebowski. The Dude makes at least nine of these throughout the film, sometimes referring to them as “Caucasians.”

The short film itself is a stylized piece of comical noir in tribute to Lebowski. Narrated by Bridges, who sips a White Russian while telling his story to the bar, it’s high on mystery, music, and romancing everything associated with the classic cocktail.

White Russians have had a hard life in the cocktail world. Ostensibly a mid-proof milkshake, the coffee-and-cream concoction’s patron saint, and saving cultural grace, was the abiding Jeffrey Lebowski — The Dude, in the parlance of our times — from The Big Lebowski.

What we know of Bridges from other roles and his personal life is that, in many ways, he shares the most personally with The Dude of any character he’s ever played (Including wardrobe: legend has it that the famous bathrobe was Bridges’ own from home).

And the movie showed the drink’s versatility well: The Dude (or His Dudeness, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) used everything from half and half to non-dairy creamer in his mixing attempts, and never seemed disappointed.

Film buffs: This is probably closest thing to a sequel you’ll ever see. And for everyone else, it’s a casual reminder to dust off this classic recipe every once in a while.

If you don’t like it, that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Kahlúa White Russian
1 part Kahlúa
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1 part cream
Fill a glass with ice. Add Kahlúa, Absolut Vodka, and cream.
Don bathrobe and shades. Drink (responsibly).