Classic Mudslide Drink

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Mudslide Drink puts all other ice cream cocktails to shame! It’s a luscious and creamy frozen combination of vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, coffee liqueur and ice cream!!  Your next party is screaming for this outrageously silky smooth, sweet, and scrumptious summer drink!!

titled image for mudslide drink recipe

Mudslide Drink

I just love ice cream cocktails, from fresh strawberry wine floats to the outrageous, over the top kind, like a Chocolate Caramel Milkshake cocktail.

If I haven’t made it obvious yet, I’m obsessed with frozen cocktails! Make a few for your next summer party, then let me know which you like best! 

frozen mudslide ingredients


What’s a mudslide drink made of?

A classic mudslide drink includes coffee liqueur (Kahlua), Irish cream (Baileys), vodka, and heavy cream. We make our mudslide recipe with chocolate ice cream and some chocolate syrup for maximum chocolate flavor!

How do you make a virgin mudslide drink?

To make this drink without alcohol, replace the Kahlua with a coffee syrup or some instant coffee. Swap out the Baileys with regular heavy cream (or half & half for a thinner drink), and replace the vodka with more cream or leave it out entirely.

Now you have a virgin mudslide drink that’s basically just a creamy coffee chocolate milkshake!

frozen mudslide

Kahlua Mudslide Ingredients

  • Chocolate Ice Cream – If you prefer a thinner cocktail, use a bit less ice cream.

    Or, just gradually add it to the blender, stopping when you reach your desired consistency.
  • Vodka – There are a lot of strong flavors in this recipe, between the cream and

    Kahlua and chocolate, so you don’t need to go all out and invest in top shelf vodka.

    But if you really want to take things up a notch, use a cake or icing flavored vodka!
  • Irish Cream and Heavy Cream – You really can’t go wrong with Bailey’s, but any brand of Irish cream will do.

    And if you want a bit less alcohol, substitute half and half instead.
  • Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur) – Again, any brand works, but Kahlua is the king of coffee liqueurs!

    Your best substitutes would be instant coffee, a coffee-flavored syrup, or espresso powder mixed with a bit of rum. 
kahlua mudslide

Recipe Variations

  • Make a Mudslide Shooter – Add ⅓ ounce of Irish cream, coffee liqueur, and vodka to a shooter.

    Mix in 1 ounce of chocolate ice cream till it’s nice and blended and top with Hershey’s syrup!
  • Try a Thinner Drink – For a drink that’s smooth, silky, and totally sippable, leave out the ice cream and just add a few ice cubes to a glass.

    Stir the rest of the ingredients together and pour them into the glass for a cool, refreshing drink!
  • Extra Creamy – Instead of ice cubes, fill a tray with cream, stick it in the freezer, and use those in your shake instead!

    Your frozen mudslide will be extra thick and super creamy!
  • Fun Flavor Ideas – Replace the chocolate ice cream with coffee ice cream for a magnificent mocha mudslide, very similar to a Mississippi Mudslide!

    You can also use vanilla ice cream for a bit less chocolatey flavor.
  • Great Garnishes – Whipped cream and chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, or a cherry on top would tie the whole drink together.
blended Kahlua cocktails

Storing and Serving

A mudslide drink isn’t the type of recipe you can make ahead, because there’s ice cream involved. I mean, you don’t want your cocktail to melt!

I also don’t recommend freezing ice cream cocktails. While vodka doesn’t completely freeze, it can affect the overall creamy consistency of the mudslide.

blended Kahlua cocktails

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours. 

Don’t miss a thing! Follow us on
Facebook | Twitter Pinterest | Instagram 

2 ice cream cocktails

closeup of mudslide drink recipe

Classic Mudslide Drink

Donna Elick
Mudslide Drink is a creamy ice cream cocktail with Kahlua and Bailey’s. Our recipe creates a rich chocolate classic frozen Kahlua mudslide!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Blender
Servings 2



  • 16 ice cubes
  • 6 scoops chocolate ice cream, see notes
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 3 ounces Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 3 ounces heavy cream, or half & half
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup


  • Add ice cubes to a blender and pulse to finely crush the ice.
  • Add the remaining ingredients in the order shown (ice cream first, to keep room temperature alcohol from melting the ice) and blend on High speed for 45 seconds, or until mixture is creamy.
  • Portion the mudslide drink evenly between two tall glasses. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

Vanilla Mudslide – Use vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate.
TGIF Copycat Mudslide – Use 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and 4 scoops of chocolate.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1011cal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 186mg | Sugar: 90g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
titled image for frozen mudslide

Originally published September 2011, updated and republished September 2022

Disclosure: Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your price will remain the same and The Slow Roasted Italian will automatically receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting us, it helps us keep creating new recipes.

The Simple Kitchen cookbook affiliate linked banner


  1. Happy birthday to your dad. What a delicious way to cyber celebrate. I think I'll start that tradition with my loved ones who are not nearby!!


  2. These look scrumptious, Donna. I'm now dreaming of whipped cream too. If only it went well with eggs for breakfast…

  3. Happy Birthday to dad! Is it too early to have one of those this morning? What a wonderful way to beat this #&%@*%& HEAT!!
    I know we live in the desert, but ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating