The Dirty Lenin: A Cocktail Worthy of a Despot
Sometimes sleep deprivation can be the source of pure, indisputable genius. As my sister worked a nightshift, she sent me a photo of the linen closet in her call room.
She’s so right. Vladimir Lenin, head of the Bolsheviks, was a brutal dictator. You certainly wouldn’t want to be in a hospital saving lives at 3 a.m. and then be insulted with the dirty version of a mass murderer in a room that already looks a lot like a jail cell.
To me, the unfortunate spelling error sounded a lot like a cocktail. So, we came up with the Dirty Lenin: a cross between a White Russian and a Dirty Martini. A drink, so pioneering, it’s worthy of Sandra Lee’s Cocktail Time. I’m sure, we’ll be ghostwriting cocktail recipes for New York’s Semi-First Lady before we know it.
- 1 part Kahlúa
- 1 part vodka
- 1 part gin
- 1 part half and half
- 1 part olive juice
- A splash of vermouth in the glass
- Dill for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Kahlúa, vodka, gin, half and half and olive juice. Swirl the vermouth in a chilled martini glass and strain the cocktail into glass. Garnish with a sprig of dill.