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A mudslide cocktail with chocolate in the background.


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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 302kcal


  • 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)


  • 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.


  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, 1/4 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 1/2 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.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg