The mudslide is a very popular cocktail that can be served on the rocks or blended into a boozy milkshake. Both are delicious and incredibly easy to make and this may just become one of your new favorite drinks.
You'll notice many similarities between the mudslide and the white Russian. They're both tasty vodka lowballs, though the mudslide opts for Irish cream rather than standard dairy cream. This gives it a slightly lighter touch, but it's also a bit more potent.
Just like the white Russian, Kahlua is the coffee liqueur that is most commonly used and Bailey's is the popular Irish cream of choice. That said, there are great alternatives to both brands.
Beyond the rocks and blended versions, 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.
Go Ahead, Blend up the Mudslide
The mudslide makes a fantastic and rather tempting frozen cocktail and it requires just one extra ingredient, a blender, and a handful of ice. Of course, it really wouldn't be the same without a drizzle of chocolate syrup, which turns it into a decadent delight.
To make the frozen mudslide, pour the three distilled spirits into a blender, using the same measurements from the rocks recipe. Add 1 ounce of milk or cream, then 1 cup of ice. Blend until nice and smooth. Pour the creamy mix into a frosty hurricane glass and adorn it with chocolate syrup.
Instead of milk or cream, you can also use a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's a popular variation and you can cut back on some of the ice when you go this route.
For a really fancy frozen mudslide, place layers of chocolate syrup between the blended drink. To do this, pour a small amount of the drink into your glass, top that layer with syrup, then add another mudslide layer. Continue this pattern until your glass is full.
Why Fresh Ice?
Pouring your non-blended mudslide over fresh ice is the easiest way to improve this simple drink. The ice you shake with will quickly break down in the shaker and by the time you are halfway through your drink, it will be a watered down mess. That is exactly the opposite of what you want in a creamy cocktail.
Tthe ice in the glass should simply keep the drink cool while you enjoy it. You might even consider 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 unwanted dilution.
Choosing Your Vodka
There are many great options available that you will want to keep in your bar's well to make cocktails like this a frugal drinker's dream.
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 making your own infusion.
- Use one of those fun whipped cream or cake vodkas to make the mudslide temptingly sweet.
Irish Cream Alternatives
Irish cream is one of those essential spirits that should be in your bar, but you can also 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.
More of a Whiskey Fan?
Substitute a blended Scotch whisky for the vodka and you have a fantastic drink called the aggravation (sometimes called the teacher's pet). It, too, can be made with cream, milk, or Irish cream and is served on the rocks.
It is, however, customary to give this drink just a slight shake: pour everything into the serving glass, cover it with a shaker tin, and give it one good shake. Just make sure you have a tight grip on both the glass and the tin or things could get messy.
How Strong Is the Mudslide?
Though the mudslide may look sweet and innocent, it is almost as strong as a margarita. Of course, if you were to use milk or cream or blend the mudslide, it would be less potent. Yet, you do have to be careful with a mudslide on the rocks because it can sneak up on you.
We'll assume you're pouring an 80-proof vodka and using the popular brands for both of the liqueurs. Kahlua is a 53-proof liqueur and Bailey's is 34 proof. With that, we can estimate it at around 29 percent ABV (58 proof). If you're going for a milder drink, turn back to the white Russian.