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a luxurious and indulgent Mudslide cocktail, served in a chilled, classic cocktail glass.

Let’s talk about the Mudslide Cocktail. This drink is a creamy, dreamy mix that’s perfect for those who love their cocktails with a dessert-like twist. It’s like a chocolate milkshake but with a kick, ideal for sipping on a relaxed evening or at a fun party. I personally love serving it because it always brings smiles to people’s faces. It’s rich, indulgent, and has just the right balance of sweetness and strength.

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Tasting Notes

The Mudslide is a blend of coffee liqueur, vodka, and Irish cream that creates a smooth, chocolatey taste with a hint of coffee. It’s creamy and thick, with each sip offering a velvety texture that coats your mouth. The sweetness of the Irish cream perfectly complements the deep, roasted flavors of the coffee liqueur, while the vodka adds a clean finish that keeps the drink balanced and not overly sweet.


  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Irish Cream
  • 1.5 oz Heavy Cream
  • Chocolate syrup (optional for garnish)
  • Whipped cream (optional for garnish)


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour equal parts of coffee liqueur, vodka, heavy cream and Irish cream into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is cold.
  4. Strain the mix into a glass filled with ice.
  5. If you like, garnish with chocolate syrup and whipped cream on top.
  6. *You can also add the ingredients to the glass and stir instead of shaking
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Pro Tips

  • For a smoother drink, use crushed ice.
  • Adjust the ratios to suit your taste. Add more Irish cream for sweetness, or more vodka for strength.
  • Chill your glass beforehand for an extra cool experience.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Mudslide, go for quality brands. I recommend using Kahlúa for the coffee liqueur because of its rich coffee flavor. For vodka, a smooth choice like Grey Goose or Tito’s works well and doesn’t overpower the other ingredients. Bailey’s is my go-to Irish cream for its creamy texture and balance of flavors.

When to Serve

The Mudslide cocktail is as versatile as it is delicious, making it perfect for a wide range of occasions. Here’s when you might want to mix up this creamy, dreamy drink:

  • Dessert Nights: Serve the Mudslide as a dessert cocktail after dinner. Its rich, creamy texture and sweet flavor make it a fantastic alternative to traditional desserts.
  • Summer Parties: Despite its richness, a chilled Mudslide can be incredibly refreshing, making it a hit at summer gatherings. Serve it blended with ice for a frosty treat that’ll cool down your guests.
  • Cozy Winter Evenings: The coffee liqueur gives the Mudslide a warmth that’s perfect for sipping in front of a fireplace on a cold night, offering comfort in a glass.
  • Celebrations: Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just a weekend get-together, the Mudslide brings a touch of indulgence to any celebration, making everyone feel a little more special.
  • Happy Hour at Home: Mix up a Mudslide to elevate your home happy hour. It’s a sophisticated yet easy-to-make choice that impresses guests every time.
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Similar Cocktails

  • White Russian – Just like a Mudslide but without the Irish cream.
  • Espresso Martini – For those who love coffee flavors with a vodka base.
  • Frozen Mudslide – Use vanilla ice cream or blended ice.
  • Chocolate Martini – A sweeter, chocolate-focused alternative.
  • Black Russian – A stronger option without the creaminess.


The Mudslide was born in the 1970s at a bar in the Cayman Islands. It was created as a twist on the White Russian, adding Irish cream to the mix, and quickly became popular worldwide. Its easy recipe and delicious taste have made it a favorite among those who enjoy dessert-style cocktails.

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a luxurious and indulgent Mudslide cocktail, served in a chilled, classic cocktail glass.


Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Baileys, coffee cocktails, creamy drinks, Mudslide, Vodka
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Discover the Mudslide cocktail: a rich mix of coffee liqueur, vodka, and Irish cream, ideal for dessert enthusiasts and special occasions.


  • 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


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add vodka, coffee liqueur, Baileys Irish cream, and heavy cream to the shaker.
  • Shake the mixture well until it's chilled and frothy.
  • Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings or chocolate syrup.
  • If you prefer a frozen mudslide, you can blend the ingredients with ice in a blender instead of shaking them in a cocktail shaker.
  • 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.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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