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The Mudslide is the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for a creamy and indulgent drink. This sweet and boozy milkshake is perfect for dessert or after-dinner drinks. The classic recipe includes vodka, coffee liqueur, and Baileys Irish cream, shaken with heavy cream and chocolate shavings.

mudslide cocktail

If you prefer a frozen drink, the Mudslide can also be blended with ice and topped with chocolate syrup or Oreos. Some variations even use vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent treat. Whether you’re enjoying a night in or out, the Mudslide is a delicious and satisfying choice.

Whether you’re sipping it by the fireplace on a cozy evening or treating yourself to a dessert-like cocktail at your favorite bar, the Mudslide is sure to satisfy your craving for something rich, creamy, and utterly delicious. So go ahead, indulge in the decadence of a Mudslide and let its luscious taste transport you to a world of sweet pleasure.


The Mudslide cocktail, believed to have originated in the 1970s, has a rich and creamy history that’s as indulgent as its taste. This delectable libation first emerged in the iconic Wreck Bar at Rum Point Club in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Its inception is often credited to a bartender named Sam, who blended vodka, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream with ice, creating a dessert-like concoction that quickly gained popularity. Over the years, the Mudslide has evolved, with various adaptations adding new dimensions to its flavor. 

Boozy Frozen Mudslide Cocktail with Coffee and Vodka

While the classic recipe remains beloved, some prefer to blend it with ice for a frosty delight, incorporating additional ingredients like vanilla ice cream and chocolate shavings for extra decadence. Today, the Mudslide stands as a beloved dessert cocktail, enjoyed in bars and homes worldwide. Its sweet, creamy, and boozy profile continues to delight those with a penchant for indulgent treats, making it a timeless favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.

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How to Make It

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Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you want to make a delicious mudslide cocktail, you will need a few ingredients and some basic equipment. Here's a simple recipe to make a classic mudslide.


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
  • 1 oz Baileys Irish cream
  • 1 1/2 oz heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings or chocolate syrup for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1 oz vodka, 1 oz coffee liqueur, 1 oz Baileys Irish cream, and 1 1/2 oz heavy cream to the shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture well until it's chilled and frothy.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings or chocolate syrup.
  6. If you prefer a frozen mudslide, you can blend the ingredients with ice in a blender instead of shaking them in a cocktail shaker.
  7. You can also add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the blender for a creamier and richer drink.


To make a non-alcoholic version of a mudslide, you can use chocolate syrup, milk, and ice cream instead of the alcohol and cream liqueurs. You can also use skim or 2% milk to reduce the calorie and fat content of the drink.

Overall, the key to making a great mudslide is to balance the flavors of the different ingredients and to garnish it with chocolate for an extra touch of decadence.

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There are many variations of the classic mudslide cocktail that can be made to suit your taste preferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Frozen Mudslide

To make a frozen mudslide, simply blend together ice, vodka, Kahlúa, Baileys Irish Cream, and chocolate syrup until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Homemade Boozy Frozen Mudslide Cocktail with Whipped Cream

Mudslide Milkshake

For a boozy milkshake, blend together vanilla ice cream, Kahlúa, Baileys Irish Cream, and chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and a cherry for a decadent dessert drink.

White Russian Mudslide

Combine equal parts vodka, Kahlúa, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a drizzle of chocolate syrup for a twist on the classic White Russian.

Sweet Boozy Irish Cream Mudslide Cocktail with Ice

Brandy Mudslide

Swap out the vodka for brandy in this variation of the mudslide. Combine brandy, Kahlúa, Baileys Irish Cream, and heavy cream in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder for a rich and indulgent drink.

Dairy-Free Mudslide

For those who are lactose intolerant or prefer dairy-free options, substitute the heavy cream and Irish cream liqueur with coconut cream and almond milk. Add Kahlúa, vodka, and chocolate syrup to a blender with ice cubes and blend until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Mudslide Truffletini cocktail

No matter which variation you choose, the key to a delicious mudslide is finding the perfect balance of chocolate, coffee liqueur, and cream. Experiment with different recipes and ingredients until you find the perfect combination for your taste buds.

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What is a mudslide drink made of?

A mudslide drink is a popular cocktail made with Irish cream liqueur, coffee liqueur, and vodka. Some recipes also include ice cream or chocolate syrup for added sweetness.

Is a mudslide always frozen?

No, a mudslide can be served either frozen or on the rocks. Frozen mudslides are made with ice cream or ice cubes, while on the rocks mudslides are typically made with just ice cubes.

How to make a mudslide with rum?

To make a mudslide with rum, simply replace the vodka in the traditional recipe with rum. You can also experiment with different types of rum to create unique variations on the classic mudslide recipe.

What’s a mudslide milkshake?

A mudslide milkshake is a delicious dessert treat made with ice cream, Irish cream liqueur, coffee liqueur, and vodka. Simply blend the ingredients together until smooth and creamy, and serve in a tall glass with a straw.

What is in a Mexican mudslide?

A Mexican mudslide is a variation on the classic mudslide recipe that includes tequila in addition to the traditional ingredients of Irish cream liqueur, coffee liqueur, and vodka. Some recipes also include cinnamon or chili powder for added flavor.

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