Drink. Chill. Repeat.

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A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I held a small "The Big Lebowski" party. This is a feel-good, wonderfully deranged movie by the Coen brothers. The Coen brothers are like the Farrelly brothers, but with artistic pretensions.

During the movie, we served White Russians, the drink of choice of the main character, "The Dude," played by Jeff Bridges. I had purchased a bottle of the overpriced, imported Kahlua necessary for the beverage.

It later occurred to me that had this drink been invented in frugal Rhode Island, we would never have used expensive coffee liqueur for it. We would have used coffee syrup, of course! So I set about creating a local Yankee version. I would have liked to claim that this took many months of experimentation, but in fact, the Rhode Island Russian was developed in about fifteen minutes.

  • 1 ½ ounces of generic (liquor store brand) vodka
  • 1 ounce of coffee syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces of half and half

—Contributed by Terry Montlick, January 28, 2008.

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