Frozen Mudslide Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Frozen Mudslide cocktail is a delicious and indulgent dessert-like drink that originated in the 1950s at the Wreck Bar in the Cayman Islands. It quickly gained popularity for its rich, creamy taste and has since become a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, frozen treat.

  • The name 'Mudslide' comes from the drink's appearance, which resembles a mudslide due to its thick, creamy texture and chocolatey color.
  • This cocktail is perfect for those who have a sweet tooth and enjoy indulgent, dessert-like drinks.
  • The Frozen Mudslide is often served in a hurricane glass, garnished with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a cherry.

How Frozen Mudslide Tastes?

The Frozen Mudslide is a rich, creamy, and sweet cocktail with a velvety texture. It has a strong chocolate and coffee flavor, balanced by the smoothness of the vodka and Irish cream.

Interesting facts about Frozen Mudslide

  • The Frozen Mudslide is sometimes referred to as an 'adult milkshake' due to its creamy texture and sweet taste.
  • This cocktail is often enjoyed as a dessert drink or a refreshing treat on a hot day.
  • The original Mudslide was not frozen, but the frozen version has become more popular over time.


A few good options for Frozen Mudslide are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Vodka (1 oz)

Vodka offers a strong alcoholic base without overpowering the other flavors. It's a neutral spirit that ensures your Frozen Mudslide has the right kick. If you skip the vodka, you'll lose the boozy bite that balances sweetness.

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Irish Cream (1 oz)

Irish Cream introduces a velvety texture and a hint of whiskey flavor. Go for less, and you'll miss out on the depth; go for more, and the drink may become too sweet. Bailey's is a popular choice, but other brands could add different flavor profiles, some being nuttier or more chocolatey.

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Coffee Liqueur (1 oz)

Coffee liqueur—like Kahlúa—adds a rich, complex coffee flavor that complements the creamy components. Less coffee liqueur would make the coffee note too subtle; more might overshadow the other flavors. Tia Maria could be a substitute for a slightly different taste.

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Vanilla Ice Cream (2 scoops)

Vanilla ice cream is the soul of this creamy concoction, providing body and a smooth vanilla backdrop. Choose a premium brand for a richer taste. Without it, the cocktail would lose its iconic milkshake-like consistency. Dairy-free alternatives can change the texture and taste for those with dietary restrictions.

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Ice (1 cup)

Ice ensures a frosty chill that makes the drink refreshing, especially in warm weather. Too much can dilute the flavors; too little might make it less of a frozen delight. Crushed ice blends more easily than cubes.

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Chocolate Syrup (1 oz)

Chocolate syrup brings sweetness and a decadent chocolate flair. The quantity here adds just enough indulgence without overwhelming the other flavors. If omitted, it would make the drink less desserty. You can opt for a dark chocolate variety for a bolder taste.

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Whipped Cream (1 dollop)

A dollop of whipped cream adds a rich finishing touch and visual appeal. Skip it, and the drink will still be good, but you'll miss the creamy contrast. Dairy-free whipped creams can be used as a substitute.

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Maraschino Cherry (1)

Not only does this garnish add a pop of vibrant color, but the cherry also offers a sweet, fruity finish. The drink works without it, but why skip the cherry on top?

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Recipe. How to make Frozen Mudslide Drink

  1. In a blender, combine the vodka, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, vanilla ice cream, and ice.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of a hurricane glass.
  4. Pour the blended mixture into the glass.
  5. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • For a thicker consistency, add more ice or ice cream to the blender.
  • To make the drink even more indulgent, add a drizzle of caramel syrup on top of the whipped cream.
  • Chill the glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving to keep the drink cold longer.

Perfect Pairings


Chocolate-based confections, such as chocolate mousse or chocolate cake, pair beautifully with the rich, creamy texture and chocolate notes of the Frozen Mudslide.

Coffee Flavored Treats

Items like tiramisu or chocolate-covered espresso beans can complement the cocktail’s coffee liqueur component.

Nutty Desserts

Almond biscotti or walnut brownies complement the nutty notes that the coffee liqueur and the Irish cream can bring.

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What you could change in Frozen Mudslide

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: You can use chocolate ice cream for a more chocolatey flavor or a non-dairy ice cream for a vegan option.
  • Coffee Liqueur: You can substitute with a non-alcoholic coffee syrup if desired.

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And of course - twists🍹

Mint-Chocolate Mudslide

Substitute regular vodka with a mint-flavored vodka. Add a few fresh mint leaves into the blend. This twist adds a fresh, herby kick that lightens the chocolaty richness and gives the drink a vibrant, aromatic dimension.

Caramel Java Mudslide

Use caramel vodka in place of regular vodka and add a shot of espresso for an intense coffee flavor. Drizzle caramel sauce instead of chocolate syrup. This gives the cocktail a sultry caramel twist and a robust java punch that coffee aficionados would admire.

Berry Bliss Mudslide

Add a handful of mixed berries—raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries—into the blender. Use white chocolate liqueur instead of coffee liqueur. This fruit-forward variation provides a tart contrast to the sweet, creamy base and a berry-licious kick that's refreshing and vibrant.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Frozen Mudslide

Can I try different variations of the Frozen Mudslide cocktail?

Yes, the beauty of cocktails lies in the endless possibilities of flavors you can create. You can experiment with different types of liqueurs, ice creams and garnishes to create your own personalized Frozen Mudslide.

What can I pair with a Frozen Mudslide cocktail?

Since the Frozen Mudslide is a sweet cocktail, it pairs nicely with savory appetizers such as cheese platters, mini sliders or fried calamari. It's also an excellent dessert drink to enjoy with cookies or brownies.

Is the Frozen Mudslide served only in a hurricane glass?

Traditionally, the Frozen Mudslide is served in a hurricane glass but you can use any glass you like. A pint glass or a mason jar could also work.

Is Frozen Mudslide cocktail similar to any other cocktails?

Yes, it is similar to cocktails like White Russian or Black Russian due to the vodka, cream, and coffee liqueur base. However, Frozen Mudslide includes ice cream and is served frozen which sets it apart.

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