Food & Drink

How to Make a Mudslide

When you want to drink your dessert, mix yourself up a vodka, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream cocktail.


  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur


  1. Combine coffee liqueur, vodka, and Irish cream liqueur in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

A mudslide can present itself in many different ways. It might be swirled with hot fudge in a milkshake glass, with a dollop of whipped cream on the top. It might be strained into a martini glass rimmed with cookie crumbles and chocolate shavings sprinkled across the top. But our thinking is: If you're already indulging in coffee and Irish cream liqueurs, plus a not-little bit of vodka, then you don't need to overdo it on the presentation. And you really don't need garnishes that are better suited to an ice cream sundae. This isn't a Frappuccino. But it's basically dessert. With alcohol. Nice. 

A Little Background

As you might have noticed, the Mudslide is remarkably similar a White Russian. There's a reason for that. The Mudslide was allegedly invented in the Cayman Islands at the Rum Point Club sometime in the '70s, when a patron requested a White Russian. The bartender didn't have cream on hand, but he did have Irish cream liqueur. He mixed that with the White Russian's other ingredients—vodka and Kahlua—and the Mudslide was born. As for the name? No idea. That particular tidbit is lost to history. These days, the Rum Point makes a Mudslide with Kahlua, vodka, and Bailey's or Molly's Irish cream, with cinnamon on top and a shot of Kahlua in the straw. Sinful.


The Mudslide has since spread from the Caymans to the States. Do people ever order Mudslides in bars? Dubious. And if one did, getting a Mudslide that wasn't made with frozen pre-mix would be a luxury. But sometimes, the sweet tooth acts up, and the combo of coffee, cream, and vodka is the only remedy.

If You Like This, Try These

No Irish cream liqueur but plenty of heavy cream? Then you've got yourself a damn fine White Russian. Other cream-based cocktails include the Grasshopper, which is minty, or the Commodore, with bourbon and creme de cacao. The Brandy Alexander is a good, rich option, too. An Irish Coffee will feed your caffeine craving. And there's always Eggnog.

What You Need

Here’s what you need to do a Mudslide justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard:

  • Coffee Liqueur
  • Vodka
  • Irish Cream Liqueur
  • Rocks Glass

Food styling by Sean Dooley
Prop Styling by Ashley Naum


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