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The Big Lebowski - 5 cocktails with a story

The Big Lebowski with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi is a classic movie. A cult classic even. If you have not seen it yet, make yourself a cocktail and stream it! If you have seen it, then you know immediately which cocktail goes with this film: the just-as-classic cocktail called the White Russian!

But what you might not know is that the film has had such an impact on some bartenders that they have created other cocktails over the years that are even more delicious (and complex) than the White Russian! And they all have something to do with The Big Lebowski. Let's get to it!

#1. Donny's Element

"Donny, you're out of your element! Dude, the Chinaman is not the issue here!"

This wonderful coffee-tiki cocktail was created by American bartender Chris Day and based on John Goodman's line.

Glass: Tiki-mug or highball

Ice: Crushed

Method: Whip shake


45ml St. Lucia Spiced Rum

15ml Coffee Liqueur

15ml Banana liqueur

45ml Coconut cream

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Banana leaf.

#2. The Big Lebowski.

For an Apertivo Film Festival in Zagreb, colleague Ivan Mandaric created a delicate cocktail. As you can see, it has nothing to do with the White Russian, but has a different story:

"I chose The Big Lebowski because I really liked the film which I first watched in 2018 and it stuck with me as I was thinking of incorporating mezcal in my cocktails. The love for mezcal sours and this movie made me decide to name my drink after The Big Lebowski."

Glass: Rocks

Ice: Cubed

Method: Dry Shake & Double Strain


40ml Mezcal

15ml St. Germain

10ml Lime juice

10ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

1 Egg white

Garnish: bay leaf

#3. Hot Red Head.

Based on the playful Bunny Lebowski, the crew of Honor Kitchen & Cocktails created this cocktail.

Glass: Coupe

Ice: Up

Method: Dry Shake & Double Strain


1 Mint sprig

15ml Sugar syrup

30ml Fernet Branca

15ml Amaro Montenegro

15ml Lemon juice

2 dashes Peach Bitters

45ml Cranberry juice

Garnish: Mint sprig

#4. Ash in the Wind.

Another Donny cocktail! Again from the crew of Honor Kitchen & Cocktails

Glass: Coupe

Ice: Up

Method: Dry Shake & Double Strain

45ml Mezcal

15ml Dolin Genepy

15ml Green Chartreuse

15ml Sugar syrup

20ml Lemon juice

30ml Ginger rub

Garnish: a black sea salt rim on your glass.

#5. The Dude's Delight.

New Orleans bartender Tim Webb created this bad boy. Based on both the film and the White Russian, he brought the world an improvement by adding coffee and Sambuca.

Glass: Neat Rocks

Ice: Up

Method: Dry Shake & Double Strain


30ml Vodka

30ml Coffee Liqueur

7,5ml Sambuca

120ml Milk

30ml Espresso

Garnish: Cocoa powder



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