Mudslide Cocktail Drink

Mudslide

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you want to make an indulgent and straightforward cocktail, this Mudslide Drink recipe is your go-to. With just a few ingredients, this drink offers a creamy, delicious experience that’s easy to make.

Mudslide Recipe

Indulge in this irresistible Mudslide recipe! Made with vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish Cream, this creamy cocktail is a decadent treat perfect for any occasion.

Prep time:

2 minutes

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

665 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Irish Cream, Baileys
  • 3 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Ice crushed
  • Whipped cream, for garnish, optional
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish, optional
  • Oreo cookie, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Highball Glass or Hurricane Glass

Instructions

  • Blend Ingredients: In the blender, add 1 oz coffee Liqueur, 1 oz Irish Cream and 1 oz Vodka.
  • Add Ice Cream: Measure and drop in the blender 3 scoop vanilla ice cream.
  • Add Ice: Add crushed ice to the blender.
  • Blend: Blend the mixture until smooth.
  • Pour: Transfer the blended mixture into your prepared glass.
  • Garnish: Top with whipped Cream, Oreo cookies and chocolate shavings if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: You can use white rum if you're out of vodka. It gives the Mudslide a slightly different, but still delicious, character.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Try using any coffee liqueur or a strong-brewed coffee with some sugar.
  • Irish Cream: If you don't have Irish Cream, you can make a quick substitute with heavy Cream, a splash of whiskey, and a teaspoon of chocolate syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Mudslide:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of vodka, 8 oz of Coffee liqueur, 8 oz of Irish Cream, and 24 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine the vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish Cream, vanilla ice cream and ice. Blend until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the blended mixture into individually prepared glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka substitute or even water for dilution.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for strong brewed coffee with a bit of sugar.
  • Irish Cream Substitute: Use a mix of non-alcoholic vanilla extract, chocolate syrup, and heavy Cream.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic Mudslide.

Making it Vegan:

  • Irish Cream: Use a vegan Irish Cream like Baileys Almande.
  • Whipped Cream: Opt for a dairy-free whipped Cream from coconut or almond milk.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these vegan substitutes and follow the original steps for a vegan Mudslide.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
665
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
26
g
40
%
Saturated Fat
 
16
g
100
%
Sodium
 
161
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
67
g
22
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
61
g
68
%
Potassium
 
394
mg
11
%
Cholesterol
 
87
mg
29
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Vitamin A
 
834
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
253
mg
25
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Mudslide Cocktail Drink

Mudslide Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in this irresistible Mudslide recipe! Made with vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish Cream, this creamy cocktail is a decadent treat perfect for any occasion.
Prep time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 665

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Irish Cream - Baileys
  • 3 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Ice crushed
  • Whipped cream - for garnish, optional
  • Chocolate shavings - for garnish, optional
  • Oreo cookie - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Highball Glass or Hurricane Glass

Instructions

  • Blend Ingredients: In the blender, add 1 oz coffee Liqueur, 1 oz Irish Cream and 1 oz Vodka.
  • Add Ice Cream: Measure and drop in the blender 3 scoop vanilla ice cream.
  • Add Ice: Add crushed ice to the blender.
  • Blend: Blend the mixture until smooth.
  • Pour: Transfer the blended mixture into your prepared glass.
  • Garnish: Top with whipped Cream, Oreo cookies and chocolate shavings if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: You can use white rum if you're out of vodka. It gives the Mudslide a slightly different, but still delicious, character.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Try using any coffee liqueur or a strong-brewed coffee with some sugar.
  • Irish Cream: If you don't have Irish Cream, you can make a quick substitute with heavy Cream, a splash of whiskey, and a teaspoon of chocolate syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Mudslide:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of vodka, 8 oz of Coffee liqueur, 8 oz of Irish Cream, and 24 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine the vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish Cream, vanilla ice cream and ice. Blend until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the blended mixture into individually prepared glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka substitute or even water for dilution.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for strong brewed coffee with a bit of sugar.
  • Irish Cream Substitute: Use a mix of non-alcoholic vanilla extract, chocolate syrup, and heavy Cream.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic Mudslide.

Making it Vegan:

  • Irish Cream: Use a vegan Irish Cream like Baileys Almande.
  • Whipped Cream: Opt for a dairy-free whipped Cream from coconut or almond milk.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these vegan substitutes and follow the original steps for a vegan Mudslide.

What is a Mudslide?

A Mudslide cocktail combines vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish Cream for a rich and indulgent experience. Often served blended with ice, this drink is popular for those who enjoy flavors reminiscent of a coffee-flavored milkshake. The name “Mudslide” aptly describes the drink’s thick, smooth texture, making it a hit at parties and gatherings.

A side shot of a Mudslide cocktail in a hurricane glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Oreo cookies and chocolate blocks

What is a Mudslide made of – The ingredients

To make a Mudslide, combine these ingredients:

  • Vodka: Provides the alcoholic base and a clean, neutral backdrop for the other flavors.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Adds a coffee-infused complexity to the cocktail.
  • Irish Cream: Contributes a creamy, rich texture and a hint of chocolate and whiskey flavor.
  • Ice Cubes: Used for blending, they give the drink its smooth, milkshake-like consistency.
  • Whipped Cream (optional): Serves as a garnish, adding a light, airy texture on top.
  • Chocolate shavings (optional): Used for garnish, it enhances the drink’s visual appeal and adds a touch of sweetness.

Vodka, Coffee liqueur, Irish cream, Vanilla ice cream with chocolate blocks and Oreo cookies laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mudslide?

Discover how to make a Mudslide with our easy steps:

1
<p>Pour Coffee Liqueur into the blender.</p>

Pour Coffee Liqueur into the blender.

2
<p>Add Irish Cream to the blender.</p>

Add Irish Cream to the blender.

3
<p>Incorporate Vodka into the blender.</p>

Incorporate Vodka into the blender.

4
<p>Add the vanilla ice cream.</p>

Add the vanilla ice cream.

5
<p>Add a scoop the crushed ice.</p>

Add a scoop the crushed ice.

6
<p>Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth, milkshake-like consistency.</p>

Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth, milkshake-like consistency.

7
<p>Carefully pour the blended mixture into your hurricane glass.</p>

Carefully pour the blended mixture into your hurricane glass.

8
<p>If you like, top the drink with whipped cream.</p>

If you like, top the drink with whipped cream.

9
<p>Then, add Oreo cookies on top.</p>

Then, add Oreo cookies on top.

10
<p>And finally, top with chocolate shavings for an added touch of indulgence.</p>

And finally, top with chocolate shavings for an added touch of indulgence.

What is a Mexican Mudslide?

A Mexican Mudslide is a variation of the classic Mudslide cocktail that incorporates tequila instead of vodka. This twist adds a distinct agave flavor to the drink, blending well with the traditional ingredients of Kahlúa and Irish Cream. The Mexican Mudslide offers a unique take on the original, infusing it with a Mexican spirit. Like the classic Mudslide, it’s a creamy and indulgent beverage often enjoyed as a dessert cocktail.

Mudslide recipe without vodka – The Mississippi Mudslide

A Mississippi Mudslide is a variant of the traditional Mudslide cocktail that typically includes bourbon instead of vodka. Bourbon adds a smoky, caramel undertone to the drink, complementing the coffee and cream flavors from the Kahlúa and Irish Cream. This version offers a Southern twist to the classic Mudslide, making it a rich and indulgent option with a distinct bourbon kick.

How you make a Frozen Mudslide

A Frozen Mudslide is a version of the classic Mudslide cocktail that uses ice cream instead of ice cubes. Blending the ice cream with the standard ingredients of vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish Cream results in a thicker, dessert-like consistency. The Frozen Mudslide is especially popular in warm weather, offering a creamy, indulgent experience that doubles as a cooling treat.

A Mudslide cocktail, shot from above, in a hurricane glass on a white table surrounded by Oreo cookies

Pre-mixed Kahlua Mudslide and Baileys Mudslide

If you want to enjoy a Mudslide without mixing one yourself, pre-mixed options from Baileys and Kahlúa are solid choices. Baileys offers a pre-made Mudslide in a bottle, capturing the creamy essence of Irish Cream mixed with other flavors. It’s convenient and maintains a good balance of sweetness and creaminess. On the other hand, Kahlúa’s pre-made Mudslide comes in a can and leans into the coffee flavor, offering a robust and rich experience. Both are great for quick serving and require just a chill before you pour. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with Kahlúa’s canned Mudslide for its strong coffee notes and the convenience of the can.

Variations

Interested in exploring new twists? Let us share a few of our personal favorites.

  • Chocolate Mudslide: This twist heightens the cocoa experience by incorporating chocolate liqueur. It’s a dream for anyone who craves an extra chocolate kick, making each sip feel like a luxurious dessert. Personally, I’m captivated by its rich chocolatey depth; it’s like savoring a fine chocolate bar in liquid form.
  • Mocha Mudslide: Here, the addition of espresso or strong brewed coffee infuses a robust caffeinated edge. This blend is perfect for coffee aficionados who appreciate the marriage of coffee and chocolate. I really appreciate how the coffee enhances the chocolate flavor, making it a wake-up call for the taste buds.
  • Strawberry Mudslide: This brings a fruity twist by including strawberry liqueur or purée. The strawberry offers a refreshing contrast to the traditional flavors, making it a charming choice for warm weather gatherings. The combination of strawberry and chocolate creates a delightful berry-infused treat.
  • Vegan Mudslide: This adapts the classic by using plant-based Irish Cream and dairy-free whipped cream. It’s a thoughtful inclusion for those following a vegan lifestyle, ensuring no one misses out on the indulgence. I love how this shows that indulgent flavors can be enjoyed in a vegan-friendly way; it’s creamy and satisfying without any dairy.
  • Caramel Mudslide: By incorporating caramel syrup or liqueur, this creates a buttery sweetness that’s hard to resist. It’s particularly appealing for anyone who loves the rich, smooth taste of caramel. The caramel’s buttery notes blend seamlessly with the other ingredients, making each sip a velvety delight.
  • Pumpkin Spice Mudslide: Featuring a dash of pumpkin spice liqueur or syrup, this becomes a seasonal favorite. The warm spices evoke the essence of fall, making it a cozy and comforting choice. I’m especially drawn to the pumpkin spice flavor; it reminds me of festive autumn desserts and adds a wonderful warmth to the drink.
  • White Russian Mudslide: This omits Irish Cream in favor of heavy cream, creating a crossover with a White Russian. It’s an innovative blend that combines two classic profiles, offering the best of both worlds. The creamy texture and the balance of flavors in this blend are particularly appealing to me; it’s smooth, rich, and utterly satisfying.

A side shot of a Mudslide cocktail in a hurricane glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Oreo cookies and chocolate blocks

History and Origins

The Mudslide cocktail traces its roots back to the 1950s in the Cayman Islands. A bartender at the Wreck Bar in Rum Point created the drink when a customer asked for a White Russian, but the bar lacked some necessary ingredients. To improvise, the bartender used what was available: vodka, Kahlúa, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. The result was a creamy, coffee-flavored concoction that quickly gained popularity.

Over time, the Mudslide evolved and found its way into various bars and restaurants, eventually becoming a staple on cocktail menus worldwide. Its rich, dessert-like qualities made it a hit, especially as a frozen blended drink, which became popular in the 1980s.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mudslide?
A standard Mudslide contains around 450-600 calories, depending on the ingredients and garnishes used.
How strong is a Mudslide in terms of ABV and proof?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) usually ranges from 15-25%, translating to 30-50 proof, depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
What types of alcohol are used in a Mudslide?
A Mudslide typically includes vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish Cream.
In what type of glass is a Mudslide served?
A Mudslide is commonly served in a highball or hurricane glass.
What does a Mudslide taste like?
The Mudslide offers a creamy, rich blend of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of whiskey flavors.
What is the ratio of the ingredients?
The classic Mudslide uses a 1:1:1 vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish Cream ratio.
How is the Mudslide served in terms of ice?
The Mudslide is usually blended with ice to achieve a milkshake-like consistency. Alternatively, it can be served over ice.

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