Paralyzer Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

Created by

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 Paralyzer, also known as the Colorado Bulldog, is a modern cocktail that's a twist on the classic White Russian. It's popular among those who enjoy creamy, sweet cocktails with a hint of coffee flavor. It's a great choice for dessert or a nightcap.

How Paralyzer Tastes?

The Paralyzer is a creamy, sweet cocktail with a hint of coffee and cola flavor. It's smooth and rich, with a slight kick from the vodka.

Interesting facts about Paralyzer

  • The Paralyzer is also known as the Colorado Bulldog.
  • Despite its name, it's a sweet, creamy cocktail rather than a strong, hard-hitting one.
  • It's a twist on the classic White Russian, with the addition of cola.


A few good options for Paralyzer are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a strong alcohol base without overpowering the other flavors. Its neutral taste allows the Kahlua and cream to shine. If omitted, you'd lose the kick that makes this a true 'cocktail.' If you're feeling adventurous, try flavored vodka to add a twist, but beware, it could overshadow the delicate balance.

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Kahlua brings a rich coffee and vanilla flavor that defines the Paralyzer. It adds depth and complexity. Without it, you'd just have a boozy milkshake. As for substitutes, you could use another coffee liqueur, but Kahlua’s unique taste is hard to replicate.

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Cream gives this drink its luxurious mouthfeel. It softens the alcohol's sharpness and complements the coffee flavor. Using less would make the drink less smooth, and using more could mute the other ingredients. No cream? Try half-and-half for a lighter version or a non-dairy alternative for lactose-intolerant folks.

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Cola adds the effervescence and sweetness that make the Paralyzer refreshing. The caffeine also gives a little extra buzz! Without cola, the drink would be flat, both literally and figuratively. For a different twist, try using a different type of soda like root beer or a cola with a different flavor profile.

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Recipe. How to make Paralyzer Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka and Kahlua.
  3. Add the cream, and top with cola.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Serve with a straw.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality vodka for the best flavor.
  • Be sure to stir gently after adding the cola to avoid a mess.
  • Serve with a straw for easy sipping.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Savory Snacks: A Paralyzer pairs well with savory snacks like nachos, salted nuts, or potato chips. The saltiness complements the sweet and creamy notes of the cocktail.

  • BBQ Dishes: The smokiness from BBQ ribs or grilled meats can be a delightful contrast to the cool and refreshing taste of a Paralyzer.

  • Chocolate Desserts: For a sweet indulgence, try pairing with chocolate desserts, which will harmonize with the rich coffee flavor of the Kahlua.

Drink Pairings

  • Black Coffee: If you want to keep up with the coffee theme, drinking a black coffee alongside a Paralyzer can intensify the rich coffee notes.

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips, sparkling water is a great option. It’s a neutral drink that won’t interfere with the taste of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Paralyzer

  • You can substitute the cream with milk for a lighter version.
  • If you don't have Kahlua, any coffee liqueur will work.

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Mocha Paralyzer

  • 1 oz Chocolate vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Cream
  • 4 oz Cola

Substitute regular vodka with chocolate vodka. The subtly sweet and chocolatey notes will make this Paralyzer reminiscent of a chilled mocha beverage.

Vanilla Cream Paralyzer

  • 1 oz Vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Heavy cream
  • 4 oz Cola

Using vanilla vodka and heavy cream instead of regular vodka and cream turns this into a richer, more dessert-like Paralyzer, similar to a soda float.

Spiced Paralyzer

  • 1 oz Spiced rum
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Cream
  • 4 oz Cola

Switch out vodka for spiced rum to infuse the cocktail with warm spice notes, perfect for cooler evenings. It's like a pirate's version of a coffee break!

In case you forgot basics how to make Paralyzer

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Paralyzer

What type of glass is most suitable for serving the Paralyzer cocktail?

The Paralyzer cocktail is usually served in a highball glass. This type of glass allows for the perfect proportion of liquor, mixers, and ice.

Can I replace vodka in the Paralyzer cocktail with another type of liquor?

Yes, you may substitute vodka with another clear spirit, such as gin or tequila, but it would alter the cocktail's traditional taste.

What are the potential side effects of consuming an excess of Paralyzer cocktails?

Like any alcoholic drink, excessive consumption of the Paralyzer cocktail can lead to intoxication, impaired motor skills, and a hangover the next day. Drink responsibly.

What kind of dishes does the Paralyzer cocktail pair well with?

Due to the creamy sweetness and hint of coffee flavor of the Paralyzer cocktail, it pairs well with desserts, especially those made with chocolate or coffee.

Can the Paralyzer cocktail be made vegan?

Yes, you can make a vegan version of the Paralyzer cocktail by replacing the cream with dairy-free alternatives like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.

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