Easy Frozen Bushwacker Drink Recipe You’ll Adore

Updated November 29, 2021


  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1½ ounces dark rum
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 1½ ounces Irish cream
  • 1½ ounces coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1½ ounces amaretto
  • 1½ ounces cream of coconut
  • Chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and grated nutmeg for garnish


  1. In a blender, combine the ice, rum, vodka, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, amaretto, and cream of coconut.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Pour into a collins or hurricane glass. Garnish with the whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a grating of nutmeg.

Variations and Substitutions

Want to vary your frozen bushwacker? Try the following.

  • Omit crushed ice and instead use 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream or coconut ice cream.
  • Add 1 ounce of banana liqueur.
  • Replace vodka with caramel flavored vodka.


This is a very dessert-y drink, and therefore dessert toppings are perfect. Along with the whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and nutmeg garnish try:

  • Replace chocolate syrup with caramel syrup.
  • Dip the rim of the glass in caramel or chocolate syrup and then in coconut flakes or coconut sugar.
  • Top with whipped cream and grated orange zest.

About the Frozen Bushwhacker

If you like to drink your dessert as a cocktail, then the frozen bushwacker is the perfect drink for you. This classic tropical flavored drink is the cocktail equivalent of a milkshake, and it is sweet, creamy, and delicious. Since its invention in the mid-1970s on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, the bushwacker has reminded drinkers of a heavenly chocolate piña colada. It's said that the drink was named after a dog that hung out at the bar where it was invented (his name was Bushwack), and the drink made its way from St. Thomas to Florida bars, where it became a Southern mainstay. In fact, in honor of the drink, Pensacola, FL holds a Bushwacker festival annually.

A Sweet, Tropical Sipper

Whether it's dessert you pine for or a piña colada, the Bushwacker has you covered. With smooth, sweet, creamy, and tropical notes, you can't help but fall in love with this tasty drink.

Easy Frozen Bushwacker Drink Recipe You’ll Adore