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Is it Dessert or a Cocktail?
Frozen drinks, those blended alcoholic concoctions that tend to mask their alcohol content with sweetness, are a specialty all their own. While many frozen cocktails pack a powerful alcoholic punch, a good number of those could substitute as a tasty dessert. Enter the Frozen Mudslide.
This yummy blend of coffee liqueur, Irish cream, ice cream, or heavy cream and vodka is more reminiscent of a milkshake than a cocktail. But don't let that stop you from blending up a batch at your next gathering.
The mudslide may seem like something created at one of those chain restaurants filled with bright colors and 20-page cocktail menus, but the original recipe may have existed in the 1950s.
One source puts its origin at the Wreck Bar in the Cayman Islands. However, it didn't gain stateside popularity until the 1980s and is now pretty much a staple at places that specialize in this genre of blended adult drinks.
Blended Mudslide Recipe
For an easy mudslide drink recipe, measure the following ingredients into a blender. Add the ice after you have poured the ingredients in.
The recipe is for a 6 oz. glass to serve 1:
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka (make it good vodka. You don't have to go Grey Goose here, but avoid the cheap stuff that will give you a wicked hangover.)
- 1 oz. Bailey's (or other brand) Irish cream
- 1 oz. Kahlua (or other brand) coffee liqueur
- 1-2 oz. heavy cream, half & half OR
- 1 small scoop vanilla ice cream (for sweet milkshake results, add the ice cream.)
Add crushed ice to the blender, just until the liquid is crowded. Too much ice and the drink will be too thick, too little and it will be too watery. Blend until smooth and serve in your glass of choice.
For garnish ideas, see variations below.
Variations on the Mudslide
You can deviate from the Bailey's mudslide recipe in numerous ways, as there are many tasty substitutes for the trio of Bailey's, Kahlua and heavy cream. For one thing, you could choose a different Irish cream or coffee liqueur. You could also:
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- Substitute rum for vodka (but not gin. Never gin.)
- Substitute Malibu rum for vodka to add a coconut flavor.
- Drizzle chocolate or another flavor of syrup down the inside fo the glass before pouring the blended drink in.
- Skip the blending. Pour all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into shot or martini glasses.
- Use a tasty garnish such as chocolate shavings, espresso beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans, cinnamon, chocolate covered almonds. Use your imagination.
- Top the drink off with a small mound of whipped cream for an extra sweet treat.
More Frozen Drink Recipes
Since you already have the vodka, Irish cream, and coffee liqueurs, it would be easy to make a variety of different blended and shaken cocktails. Add a bottle of Grand Marnier, and here is what you get:
- B-52 Cocktail: Traditionally not blended, this is a shot with Kahlua coffee liqueur layered over Bailey's Irish Cream and topped with a floater of Grand Marnier. A potent but delicious shot that can be served several ways.
- B-52 Coffee: Pour the Bailey's, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier in the glass, or reserve the Grand Marnier to float on top of the drink if you prefer. Fill the rest of the glass with fresh hot coffee, leaving enough room for a mound of whipped cream if you like.
- Blended B-52: As with the mudslide, pour all ingredients in a blender, fill with crushed ice until the liquid is crowded and blend until smooth. Makes a delicious mocha-colored dessert drink.
Another delicious alternative to the Frozen Mudslide is the White Russian. This may be close to being called a "vintage" cocktail, but it is still popular with those who like their vodka tainted with cream and the taste of coffee.
In a rocks glass filled with ice, pour:
- 1-1 1/2 oz. good quality vodka
- 1 oz. Kahlua or other quality coffee liqueur
Layer on top:
- 1-2 oz. half & half or milk (half & half preferred)
- Garnish with coffee beans or chocolate shavings and be sure to put a stirring straw in the glass.
Alternatively, you can stir the drink before serving. Shaking is not recommended as it can dilute the creamy consistency of the drink.
As with the B-52, you could blend this drink and substitute the cream with a scoop of ice cream. It even makes an excellent coffee drink. Delicious!
© 2013 Chris Montgomery