Life Is Short, Drink a RumChata Mudslide

RumChata Mudslide
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Some of the best sips in the cocktail canon began as riffs on beloved standbys, and the RumChata Mudslide is no different. In this drink’s case, it’s actually a riff on a riff: Specifically, the Mudslide, which was invented sometime in the 1970s at the Rum Point Club’s Wreck Bar in the Cayman Islands. The milkshake-like concoction, which marries velvety coffee liqueur and Bailey’s Irish cream with vodka, was itself a spin on the White Russian, which swaps out the Mudslide’s Irish cream for heavy cream.

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Our RumChata-ified version of the classic Mudslide is all about layers of flavor. A base of vodka makes for a punchy foundation, while RumChata—a cream liqueur made with rum, cream and cinnamon—delivers sweet, spiced, horchata-like flavor. Meanwhile coffee liqueur and Irish cream round everything out. A final garnish of rich chocolate shavings and sticky-sweet chocolate syrup tips this treat into dessert territory.


How to Make a RumChata Mudslide

Recipe by Jacy Topps

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounce vodka  
  • 1 ounce RumChata
  • ½ ounce coffee liqueur (KahlĂşa preferred) 
  • ½ ounce Irish cream (Baileys preferred)  
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish  
  • Chocolate syrup, for garnish 

Instructions

Lightly drizzle chocolate syrup in cocktail glass in decorative swirls. Set aside.

martini glass with chocolate drizzle on the sides
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Place vodka, RumChata, coffee liqueur and Irish cream in a cocktail shaker. Shake until cold. Then strain into a cocktail glass.

Pouring RumChata into a prepaired glass
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Garnish with shaved chocolate. 

Finished Rumchata mudslide with garnish
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What’s a Mudslide Drink Made Of?

A Mudslide is a boozy blend of vodka, coffee liqueur and Irish cream, plus a brandied cherry and grated cinnamon for garnish.

Can I Use RumChata Instead of Baileys?

If you’re not feeling the Baileys in this RumChata Mudslide, go right ahead and substitute it with more RumChata. The resulting drink won’t have any coffee notes, but its rum and cinnamon flavors will be more pronounced.

Do You Drink RumChata Straight Up?

You certainly can, if that floats your boat. But we prefer it as an ingredient in a cocktail, such as the RumChata Mudslide.

What Alcohol Is RumChata?

Rum, of course! Hence the name.

Published on January 23, 2023