Russian Qualude

Russian Qualude Cocktail
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A sort of super-sized White Russian, the Russian Qualude adds hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream to the classic mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. Spelling nerds and prescription drug experts will note that the word “Qualude” is missing an “a.” For whatever reason (perhaps as a means of legal protection should the Quaalude brand decide to pursue litigation), that second “a” was dropped when the drink was invented.

Russian Qualude



  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1.5 oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Irish cream
  • 1 oz cream


Step one

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.

Step two

Shake and strain into a highball over fresh ice.

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