Colorado Bulldog Drink for a Creamy Cola Cocktail

Published June 22, 2022
Woman making coffee cocktail at cafe counter



  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, coffee liqueur, and milk.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with cola.
  5. Garnish with cherry, if desired.

Variations of the Bulldog Cocktail

You don't want to make too many modifications to the bulldog lest you change it entirely, but you still have wiggle room.

  • For a stronger buzz, coffee buzz, that is, use coffee vodka or make your own rich coffee-infused vodka at home. You can make your own coffee liqueur, as well.
  • Instead of milk, you can use half and half or heavy cream.
  • Play around with the proportions, using more vodka, less coffee liqueur, or a little less milk and extra vodka.
  • Easily swap in a diet cola or any similar style with the same flavor for any taste or dietary needs.

Bulldog Cocktail Garnishes

The cherry adds a beautiful pop of color to an otherwise brown and tan cocktail. However, that garnish may not work for you, or you want to highlight the sweet flavors. These are a few options.

  • Sprinkle grated nutmeg or cinnamon over top.
  • Coarsely chopped chocolate makes for an elegant and delicious garnish.
  • Pierce several cherries with a cocktail skewer.
  • Drizzle a small amount of chocolate syrup overtops or swirl down one side of the glass before adding the ice.

The History of the Bulldog Cocktail

The bulldog cocktail, sometimes known as the Colorado bulldog, has a clear a history as the cocktail, which means not at all. It's easy to draw the connection between this cocktail and the classic white Russian, making it easy to conclude that this cocktail is most certainly a riff on the creamy classic. The white Russian came to be around the 1960s in the United States, meaning the bulldog would eventually follow sometime after. Whenever or however it growled its way onto the scene, it undoubtedly deserves a spot in your drink rotation.

Enjoying a Bulldog Cocktail

Even the Dude would give this cocktail some side-eye, considering this in place of his regular white Russian. Don't let the cola dissuade you; it's the key to holding all of these ingredients together. Step up and try the unforgettable bulldog cocktail.

Colorado Bulldog Drink for a Creamy Cola Cocktail