The Mudslide is a very popular cocktail that is very similar to the White Russian. The difference between the two vodka lowballs is that this one uses Irish cream liqueur instead of cream, so it is a touch lighter in flavor, but slightly more potent.
You may also see this drink made without the vodka or with the glass filled with milk or cream. This last variation would, essentially, return you to the White Russian recipe, but drinkers often use different names for the same drink.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
More Tips for Making a Great Mudslide
There is not much that goes into making a great Mudslide and, honestly, it is difficult to ruin this drink. The pour is simple, just add equal amounts of the liqueurs, shake and strain over fresh ice.
The ice you shake with will quickly break down in the shaker and by the time you are half way through your drink, it will be a watered down mess. That is exactly the opposite of what you want in a creamy cocktail.
Instead, the ice in the glass should simply keep the drink cool while you enjoy it. I would even suggest pulling out one of those ice balls or giant cubes you have stashed away for your whiskey. The larger the ice, the slower it will melt and the less your drink will suffer from dilution.
There is no need to pull out your best vodka for a Mudslide, save that for your Vodka Martinis. Instead, find a decent, inexpensive vodka for this drink. There are many great options available that you will want to keep in your bar's well for this style of drink.
The Mudslide is also a perfect candidate for flavored vodkas:
- Ramp up the caffeine and choose an espresso vodka like that from Three Olives.
- Add a hint of cocoa with something like Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate.
- Bring in a fruity touch with raspberry or strawberry vodkas, even make your own infusion.
- Use one of those fun whipped cream or cake vodkas to make the Mudslide temptingly sweet.
The Irish Cream
Irish cream is one of those essential spirits that should be in your bar, but I encourage you to play with some of the alternatives. RumChata is a perfect example and if you are a fan of this dairy liqueur, you will love it in your Mudslide.
Switch the Mudslide's vodka out for your favorite blended Scotch and you will have an Aggravation (or Teacher's Pet). The creamy Scotch and coffee combination makes a nice, relaxing sipper for casual evenings and it is a perfect nightcap.
The Aggravation is another easy lowball served on the rocks. While it is typically made with milk or cream, I think you will enjoy switching over to Irish cream for this one as well.
- Pour the Scotch and coffee liqueur in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Fill with milk or cream.
- Shake by placing a mixing tin over the glass and giving it one or two good shakes.
How Strong is the Mudslide or Aggravation?
As long as an 80-proof vodka or whiskey is used in either of these recipes, they will be about the same strength. The only variable would be the liqueurs and for demonstration purposes, let's use the most popular.
Kahlua is a 53 proof liqueur and Bailey's is 34 proof. With that, we can estimate the Irish cream versions of these drinks to weigh in at about 29% ABV (58 proof).
Though these may look sweet and innocent, that is almost the same strength as a Margarita. Of course, if you were to use milk or cream, the drinks would be less potent.