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Cotswold Cocktail School - Mudslide Cocktail Recipe

ABV 23% / 2.5 alcoholic units

Primary spirit: Vodka

A Brief History of the Mudslide

The history of the Mudslide is relatively recent compared to some classic cocktails. It's believed to have originated in the 1970s at the Wreck Bar on Grand Cayman Island. The cocktail's name is a nod to the island's signature muddy shorelines.

Over the years, the Mudslide has become a beloved dessert cocktail, often enjoyed as an after-dinner treat. Its rich and creamy flavours have made it a favourite for those who appreciate the combination of coffee, chocolate, and cream in liquid form.

Taste and Flavour Profile

The Mudslide is a dessert cocktail that delivers an irresistible combination of flavours:

  • Irish Cream Liqueur: The star ingredient, Irish cream liqueur, provides a luscious and creamy base with notes of sweet cream and a subtle hint of Irish whiskey.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Coffee liqueur, often Liqueurious Coffea, contributes a rich and robust coffee flavour that complements the creaminess of the Irish cream.
  • Vodka: Vodka adds a clean and neutral backdrop, allowing the other ingredients to shine while providing a slight alcoholic kick.

The result is a cocktail that's sweet, creamy, and reminiscent of a chocolatey coffee dessert—a true delight for those with a sweet tooth.

Food Pairings

To enhance your Mudslide experience, consider these delightful food pairings:

  • Chocolate Desserts: Pair your Mudslide with chocolate-based desserts like chocolate cake, brownies, or chocolate mousse for the ultimate chocolate indulgence.
  • Coffee Flavoured Treats: Complement the coffee notes in the Mudslide with coffee-flavoured desserts like tiramisu or espresso-flavoured ice cream.
  • Savoury Bites: Balance the sweetness of the cocktail with savoury snacks like salty popcorn or nuts.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially those with creamy textures, provides a delightful contrast to the richness of the Mudslide.

Bar Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Coupe glass
  • Fine grater


  • 25ml Vodka
  • 25ml Coffee liqueur
  • 25ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 40ml Double cream
  • Garnish with milk chocolate shavings
  • Ice


  • Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 15 seconds.
  • Double strain into a coupe glass
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings

What's the best Vodka for a Mudslide?

The best vodka for a Mudslide cocktail should be smooth, neutral, and not overpowering in flavour, as it plays a supporting role in this rich and creamy dessert-like drink. Here are a few excellent vodka options to consider for your Mudslide:

  • Ketel One Vodka: Ketel One is known for its smooth and crisp character, making it a versatile choice for cocktails. Its neutral flavor won't compete with the Irish cream and coffee liqueur in the Mudslide.
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka: Tito's is a popular vodka option known for its smooth and clean taste. It's a reliable choice for cocktails and won't impart any strong or harsh flavors to the Mudslide.
  • Absolut Vodka: Absolut Vodka is a Swedish vodka known for its purity and versatility. It has a mild and neutral flavor that pairs well with the creamy and coffee elements of the Mudslide.
  • Grey Goose Vodka: Grey Goose is a premium French vodka with a reputation for its smooth and elegant profile. While it may be slightly more upscale, it can certainly elevate your Mudslide.
  • Belvedere Vodka: Belvedere is a Polish vodka known for its smoothness and clean taste. It's an excellent choice for those looking for a vodka with a slightly more refined character.

Ultimately, the choice of vodka for your Mudslide comes down to your personal preference and budget. You can experiment with different vodka brands to find the one that suits your taste and enhances the overall richness and creaminess of your Mudslide cocktail.

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