The Grand Cayman Mudslide

Necessity is the mother of invention, as proven by this cocktail, created in a pinch when a bartender ran out of cream while asked to make a White Russian.
Photo by Todd Huffman

This serene island, the largest in the Cayman Islands chain, is home to the boozy milkshake known as the Mudslide. The drink was created at the Rum Point Club’s Wreck Bar sometime during the 1970s, all because the bartender didn’t have fresh cream on hand.

Guests came to the bar and asked the bartender for a White Russian made with vodka, Kahlua and cream, says Carol Boulton, the food and beverage and events manager for the Rum Point Club. The bartender substituted Bailey’s Irish Cream, tossed it in the blender and created the Mudslide.

Boulton disputes claims that early versions included ice cream. “No fillers,” she says with a scoff, deflecting comments that the drink doesn’t taste like there’s any alcohol in it. “We always giggle when people say that,” she says. “They get up, and down they go! Good thing the sand is soft.”

Courtesy The Wreck Bar at the Rum Point Club, Grand Cayman

Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Absolut vodka
  • 1½ ounces Kahlua coffee liqueur, plus extra for the straw
  • 1½ ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Brandied cherry, for garnish
  • Grated cinnamon, for garnish
Directions

Combine all ingredients except garnishes and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend to a slushy consistency. Pour into a Collins glass or other tall glass. Dip a straw into the Kahlua bottle to fill it with coffee liqueur, then place a finger over the top of the straw to transfer the filled straw to the glass. Place the straw in the drink. Garnish with a cherry and grated cinnamon.

Dark & Litigious

Not all Caribbean cocktails are complicated. The Dark & Stormy may be the simplest: a highball made with dark rum, topped up with ginger beer and perhaps a squeeze of lime to finish. But rum maker Gosling’s holds a trademark on the drink, which stipulates that if it’s not made with Gosling’s Black Seal, it’s not a Dark & Stormy. Gosling’s has brought legal action against bars that list the drink made with other rums, but we won’t tell if you make the switch at home.

Published on March 23, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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