The Perfect Mudslide Cocktail Recipe

The Mudslide cocktail is the classic boozy chocolate milkshake, with a hint of coffee flavor. It’s perfect for indulging in on a hot summer day. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or hosting a backyard barbecue, this creamy, chocolatey cocktail will hit the spot!

And if you’re making it for a party, it’s sure to be a hit with your guests! You can make this as a blended frozen drink when you feel like getting your blender out, or just make it as a simple shaken cocktail.

Two Mudslide cocktails in tall glasses with chocolate syrup and whipped cream

History of the Mudslide

The Mudslide cocktail was created in 1970s at the Wreck Bar in the Cayman Islands. Inspired by the traditional White Russian cocktail, the Mudslide took that basic recipe and added Irish cream to it.

Its popularity quickly spread, and it soon became a staple on cocktail menus worldwide.

Essential Ingredients

To create this mouthwatering drink, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vodka: Any drinkable vodka will work in this cocktail. Absolut, Skyy, Tito’s Handmade and Grey Goose are all terrific choices.

Coffee liqueur: The usual liqueur here would be Kahlua. For a deeper coffee taste, you could use Tia Maria. Any bottle that says “coffee liqueur” will work, and they all tend to be pretty good.

Irish cream liqueur: Baileys is always a good choice, but I love Carolans too. Different brands have very slightly different flavors, and it can be fun to see how different ones affect the drink (none of them will be bad, I promise.)

Heavy cream: That’s double cream for those of you outside the US. What you’re looking for a nice, rich cream. If you’re vegan, several brands of nut and veggie milk make variations that are good substitutes for heavy cream.

Ice cubes, but only if you want to blend it and serve it as a frozen drink.

Variations on the Classic Mudslide

While the classic Mudslide recipe is undeniably delicious, there are plenty of variations to try.

Frozen Mudslide:

For a refreshing and icy treat, just blend all the ingredients with ice until smooth and creamy. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Mint Chocolate Mudslide:

Add a burst of freshness to your Mudslide by muddling a few fresh mint leaves in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. This variation pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate liqueur.

Other options: swap regular Irish Cream for mint flavored Irish cream. Or trade out some of the coffee liqueur for some white creme de menthe.

White Chocolate Raspberry Mudslide

Replace the coffee liqueur with white chocolate liqueur and add a splash of raspberry syrup for a fruity twist. Garnish with fresh raspberries for an Instagram-worthy presentation.

Espresso Mudslide:

Add a shot of espresso to your Mudslide cocktail for a caffeinated twist. This addition will give your cocktail a rich coffee flavor and an extra kick of energy.

Mudslide Martini:

For a more elegant presentation, transform your Mudslide into a martini. Simply strain the blended mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a chocolate-covered espresso bean or a mint leaf. Serve it with style and enjoy a sophisticated Mudslide experience.

Food Pairing Suggestions

If you want to serve it with food, it goes with anything a chocolate milkshake would go with. Here are some specific ideas:

Sweet Desserts:

The Mudslide’s creamy texture and rich flavors make it a great choice to go with sweet desserts like chocolate cake, brownies, or tiramisu. The cocktail’s coffee and chocolate notes complement these treats perfectly.

Cheese Platter:

For a more savory option, serve your Mudslide with a cheese board. The cocktail’s creamy profile balances well with a variety of cheeses, such as aged cheddar or creamy brie.

After-Dinner Delight:

The Mudslide makes a great dessert drink due to its smooth and indulgent nature. Enjoy it after a hearty meal to satisfy your sweet tooth while unwinding from the day.

Serving Tips

To take your Mudslide cocktail to the next level, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use high-quality ingredients: Opt for premium vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, and fresh cream to enhance the overall taste and presentation.
  • Experiment with garnishes: Sprinkle cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg on top of your Mudslide for added aroma and visual appeal.
  • Serve in chilled glasses: Pre-chill your glasses in the freezer beforehand to keep your Mudslide perfectly chilled throughout.
  • Add a personal touch: Customize your Mudslide by incorporating flavored syrups like caramel or hazelnut for an extra layer of complexity.

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Two Mudslide cocktails in tall glasses with chocolate syrup and whipped cream

The Perfect Mudslide Cocktail Recipe

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

The Mudslide cocktail is the classic boozy chocolate milkshake, with a hint of coffee flavor. It's perfect for indulging in on a hot summer day.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces heavy cream
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings


  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, and heavy cream to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to ensure all the ingredients are well combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass or coupe.
  5. Optionally, you can garnish your Mudslide with any of all of the following: whipped cream, chocolate syrup, a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for an extra touch of decadence.


For a blended version, dump the cocktail shaker of ice cubes into a blender, add your ingrediets, and pulse until blended.

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Last Updated:

November 15, 2023