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Virgin Mudslide

Cotswold Cocktail School - Virgin Mudslide Mocktail Recipe

ABV 0% / 0 alcoholic units

Primary ingredient: Nutella

A Brief History of a Virgin 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.

As with many classics there are non-alcoholic options designed to mimic cocktails which are at the forefront of the sober-curious movement. 

Taste and Flavour Profile

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

  • Vanilla Ice Cream:  Vanilla ice cream has a creamy, indulgent taste with a rich, sweet, and subtly floral flavour.
  • Espresso: Espresso delivers a bold and intense flavor, characterised by its concentrated, robust coffee taste with complex notes of dark roasted beans and subtle bitterness.
  • Nutella: Nutella is famous for its unique sweet taste of hazelnuts and cocoa, made even more irresistible by its unique creaminess.
  • Double Cream: Double cream adds a sumptuous, velvety taste, featuring a combination of rich, buttery flavours and a luxuriously thick, indulgent creaminess.

The result is a mocktail 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

  • Blender
  • Ice cream scoop and jigger
  • Tablespoon/teaspoon
  • Coupe glass
  • Fine grater


  • Small scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 level tsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp double cream
  • 30ml full fat milk
  • 30ml espresso
  • Dark chocolate 70% cocoa to garnish


  • Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Pour into a chilled coupe glass
  • Grate the dark chocolate over the glass

What's the best vanilla ice cream for a Virgin Mudslide?

The best vanilla ice cream for a Virgin Mudslide mocktail is one that is creamy, rich, and has a prominent vanilla flavor. Popular brands like Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry's, or Kelly's often offer high-quality vanilla ice cream that can enhance the mocktail's taste. However, you can also explore premium or artisanal options available in your local stores or ice cream shops to find a vanilla ice cream that suits your taste preferences for the Virgin Mudslide.

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