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This chocolatey Mudslide combines your after-dinner coffee with dessert in one luscious cocktail. Based on a White Russian, it’s made with Irish cream, coffee-flavored Kahlúa, and vodka.

A mudslide cocktail with chocolate in the background.

Long before the world became obsessed with Starbucks Frappucinos and iced coffee, folks of taste and style drank Mudslides.

This ice-cold creamy cocktail is flavored with coffee and chocolate and boosted with vodka. Whether you need an end to a great meal or a start to a fantastic night, you can’t go wrong with a sweet, sweet Mudslide.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Mudslide Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for mudslides.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Kahlúa: Or substitute any coffee-flavored liqueur such as Tia Maria or Bailey’s espresso.
  • Irish cream: Bailey’s is popular, or try Five Farms, Kerrygold, or Carolans.
  • Chocolate syrup: To make your own, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup cream, ¼ cup corn syrup, and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 8 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate. Cover for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  • Chocolate shavings: Using a vegetable peeler, shave the edge of the chocolate bar for narrow curls, or the side of the chocolate bar for wide curls. 
Shaving chocolate curls off a bar of chocolate.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, add vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish cream liquor. Using a bar spoon, stir until well combined.
Mixing a mudslide in a cocktail glass.
  1. Drizzle chocolate syrup into a Old Fashioned glass around the sides.
Adding chocolate syrup to a glass for a mudslide.
  1. Fill glass with ice, strain mudslide mixture into glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Straining a mudslide into a cocktail glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: Mudslides, like their counterpart the White Russian, are traditionally made in an Old Fashioned glass. Similar to a rocks glass or lowball glass, the Old Fashioned glass is decorated in the cut glass style.
  • Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) vodka, 8 ounces (1 cup) Kahlúa, and 8 ounces (1 cup) Irish cream in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup, and a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler on hand so guests can fix themselves a Mudslide.
  • White Russian: Substitute heavy cream for the Irish cream. Omit the chocolate syrup drizzle in the glass and chocolate shavings on top.
  • Black Russian: Omit the heavy cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate shavings.
  • Dirty Russian: Substitute chocolate camel’s milk for the Irish cream. Omit the chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings.
  • Anna Kournikova: Substitute skim milk for the Irish cream. Omit the chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings.
A mudslide cocktail with chocolate in the background.

White Russian

The classic White Russian cocktail is made with vodka, Kahlúa, and cream. It’s simple, delicious, and tastes a little bit like iced coffee.

2 minutes
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A mudslide cocktail with chocolate in the background.

Mudslide

This chocolatey Mudslide combines your after-dinner coffee with dessert in one luscious cocktail. Based on a White Russian, it's made with Irish cream, coffee-flavored Kahlúa, and vodka.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian
Calories 302

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa (2 tablespoons, see note 1)
  • 1 ounce Irish cream liquor (2 tablespoons, see note 2)
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup (see note 3)
  • chocolate shavings for garnish (see note 4)

Instructions 

  • In a mixing glass filled with ice, add vodka, Kahlúa, and Irish cream liquor. Using a bar spoon, stir until well combined.
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup into a Old Fashioned glass around the sides. Fill glass with ice, strain mudslide mixture into glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Notes

  1. Kahlúa: Or substitute any coffee-flavored liqueur such as Tia Maria or Bailey’s espresso.
  2. Irish cream: Bailey’s is popular, or try Five Farms, Kerrygold, or Carolans.
  3. Chocolate syrup: To make your own, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup cream, ¼ cup corn syrup, and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 8 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate. Cover for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  4. Chocolate shavings: Using a vegetable peeler, shave the edge of the chocolate bar for narrow curls, or the side of the chocolate bar for wide curls. 
  5. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  6. Glassware: Mudslides, like their counterpart the White Russian, are traditionally made in an Old Fashioned glass. Similar to a rocks glass or lowball glass, the Old Fashioned glass is decorated in the cut glass style.
  7. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) vodka, 8 ounces (1 cup) Kahlúa, and 8 ounces (1 cup) Irish cream in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup, and a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler on hand so guests can fix themselves a Mudslide.
  8. White Russian: Substitute heavy cream for the Irish cream. Omit the chocolate syrup drizzle in the glass and chocolate shavings on top.
  9. Black Russian: Omit the heavy cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate shavings.
  10. Dirty Russian: Substitute chocolate camel’s milk for the Irish cream. Omit the chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings.
  11. Anna Kournikova: Substitute skim milk for the Irish cream. Omit the chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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