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Perfect Mudslide

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A classic mudslide is the perfect dessert cocktail. A glass rimmed with chocolate and filled with a creamy drink of Baileys and Kahlua. It's more than just an excuse to have booze for dessert, but it's the only excuse we need. Try it with our Mini Baileys Cheesecakes! First, some tips:

Go cold on cold

What do we mean? This is a cold drink, meant to be blissfully consumed cold, almost ice cold. We recommend you chill everything (except the syrup) before assembly: the glass, vodka, Kahlua, Baileys, cream, shaker. We know – the ice is already cold.

Crushed ice is a no go

Full-size cubes here, please. The larger the better, as larger cubes take longer to melt, which means your mudslide will stay creamy and not watery.

Don’t get along with dairy

For the lactose intolerant and vegans: Rejoice! Baileys offers a vegan alternative made with almond milk. We hear it’s just as fab as the original. And for the heavy cream, there are a number of delicious plant-based alternatives made from soy, oats, or almond.

How else can I top it?

The options are kind of endless here! While a classic would be just to add some whipped cream, you could do something more fun like dipping the rim in chocolate syrup and coating it with crushed Oreos.

Do I have to use chocolate syrup?

Nope! You could omit it completely or add a bit more chocolate-y flavor by going right in with some melted chocolate.

Have you made this yet? Let us know how it came out  in the comments below! 

Editor's note: The introduction to this recipe was updated and a video was added on July 15, 2022 to include more information about the dish.

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Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 10 mins

Chocolate syrup, for glass

4 oz.


2 oz.


2 oz.


1/4 c.

heavy cream


Chocolate shavings, for garnish

  1. Add chocolate syrup to inside of two cocktail glass. 
  2. Add vodka, Kahlua, Baileys, and heavy cream to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled. 
  3. Strain into glasses and garnish with chocolate shavings.

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