How to make a Bushwacker, the creamy, boozy milkshake made with ice cream, Kahlúa, and rum popular at many beach bars in Alabama. This easy cocktail recipe is a fun summertime beverage great for entertaining and even for serving as dessert.
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What are Bushwackers
Bushwackers are definitely not considered the most nutritious drink in the world, but you usually only want one because they are so filling.
Typically, they put a “floater” on top of Bacardi 151, which is like the kiss of death in my opinion. I included a topper of regular rum so you can still see straight after enjoying a bushwacker, but the toppers are optional.
Why you should make a Bushwacker
I highly(!!!) recommend them if you’re looking for a fun drink. My version is a little less rich than the one you’d get at a bar or restaurant, but they’re still full of flavor and booze.
Most bushwackers have ingredients that are a little harder to find or that you’ll only use once and then they’ll sit on your bar for months and months before you need them again. I hate having to buy special ingredients for one recipe, so this recipe doesn’t have that problem. Only rum, coconut rum, and coffee liquor.
How to Make a Bushwacker
Add everything to a blender and blend away! That’s it!
Tips for Making Homemade Bushwackers
If you want them to be extra creamy, make your ice cubes with milk. I think using half milk and half regular ice cubes makes for a really tasty Bushwacker, but it’s totally up to you.
Make Ahead Tips
I don’t recommend making these ahead of time unless you are planning on freezing the milk beforehand. Otherwise, they are so easy that you don’t need to do anything to make ahead of time. All you have to do is toss the ingredients in a blender and you’re done.
Variations & Substitutions
If you want these to be dairy free, be sure to use dairy free ice cream and milk.
If you accidentally forget to buy milk (or bring it out to the wharf like I did when I made these…), you can always use a little extra ice cream in its place.
What to serve with this dish
These are best served with food since they are kinda strong. Anything you’d want to eat with a milkshake will do 🙂
I always look forward to a Bushwacker! And pretty much everyone loves them. Plus, you only need one Bushwacker because they are pretty rich and filling. They’d be great for an after dinner drink in the summer.
MORE SUMMER DRINK RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE:
- Berry Peach Sangria
- Boozy Mango Pineapple Popsicles
- Blueberry Basil Bourbon Cocktail
- Independence Day Sangria
- Strawberry Kombucha Sangria
- 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
- 4 cups ice
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 4 ounces coconut rum Malibu
- 4 ounces Kahlua
- 4 ounces rum divided
- Drizzle the chocolate sauce into the glasses if using.
- Add ice, ice cream, milk, Malibu rum, Kahlua, and 2 ounces rum to a blender. Blend until completely smooth. Taste and add more Kahlua or Malibu rum if needed.
- Serve in 6 glasses. Top glasses with remaining 2 ounces rum (a few teaspoons per glass) before serving. Enjoy!
*For a creamier Bushwacker, freeze 2 cups milk in ice cube trays. Replace them for 2 cups of ice.
Originally published on April 26, 2013. Photos and text have been updated.
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