Bushwacker Drink Recipe

Think of this drink as a creamy chocolate pina colada.  Yep, the Bushwacker drink recipe is that good.  But, a quick word of caution, these don’t taste like they have much alcohol so they go down very easy.  Take it easy with this drink as people have a tendency to get “bushwacked”.

bushwacker drink recipe


So, where did this wonderful concoction come from?  It was invented in 1975 at The Ship’s Store – Sapphire Pub in Sapphire Village Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.  Angie Conigliro and Tom Brokamp created the drink and quickly named it after a guest’s dog, Bushwack, an Afghan hound.  Bushwack’s parents were flight attendants and rarely ever traveled without him.

Later, Linda Murphy, owner of the Sandshaker Lounge in Pensacola Beach, Florida brought the recipe back and updated it.

Since 1986, there has been an annual Bushwacker Festival held at Quietwater Beach on Pensacola Beach, Florida to celebrate the drink.  Definitely a festival everyone should plan to attend at least once!


1 oz Dark rum

1 oz Kahula

1 oz Dark Creme de Cacao

2 oz Cream of coconut

2 oz Milk or half and half

1 cup ice

Chocolate syrup

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Drizzle the chocolate syrup on the inside of a hurricane glass.  Pour the blended mixture into the glass and garnish with whipped cream.


Want a little more alcohol?  Try this version, but trust me, this version can get you “bushwacked”!

1/2 oz Rum

1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Irish Cream

1/2 oz Kahlua

1/2 oz Amaretto liqueur

1/2 oz Chocolate liqueur

1/2 oz Frangelico

1/2 oz Cream of coconut

1 cup ice

Chocolate Syrup

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender.  Drizzle the chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass.  Pour in the blended mixture and garnish with whipped cream.

The Pensacola Bushwacker version adds ice cream… think of it as an adult milkshake.  Yep, it’s that good.

4 oz Cream of coconut

2 oz Kahlua

1 oz Rum

1 oz Creme de cacao

4 oz Half and half

Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate syrup

Instead of using ice to blend the the mixture, add vanilla ice cream.  Drizzle the glass with the chocolate syrup and garnish with whipped cream.




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