Creamy Drinks All Bartenders Should Know

 

 

 

White Russian

 

The basic ingredients of a White Russian can be traced through cocktail books of the 1930s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s when this cocktail fully bloomed. With the U.S. introduction of the Mexican coffee liqueur, Kahlúa, the White Russian finally had a name and ingredients making it a classic around the world. It can be seen in the films The Big Lebowski and Catwoman.


Glass: Old fashioned
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
2 ounces half & half
Mixing Method: Shake and strain over fresh ice
Garnish: None.


Note: There’s supposed to be more vodka than coffee liqueur, but I’ve found over the years that people like a balance between the two. You can also replace the cream with milk, soy, or anything that fits your creamy diet. Also, know that Kahlúa is the most popular coffee liqueur and you’re only supposed to use it if a guest calls for it. By default, most bars will have a cheaper coffee liqueur that they want you to use.


White Russian/Coffee Liqueur Family


Black Russian: vodka and coffee liqueur.
Kahlúa and Cream: Kahlúa and half & half.
Sombrero: coffee liqueur and half & half built.
Angel Tip: Layered shot of coffee liqueur and cream.
Smith & Kerns (sometimes spelled Kearns): coffee liqueur, half & half, and a splash of soda water on top.
Smith & Wesson: vodka, coffee liqueur, half & half, and a splash of soda water on top.
Colorado Bulldog: vodka, coffee liqueur, half & half, and a splash of cola on top in a tall glass.
Mind Eraser: vodka, coffee liqueur in a rocks glass of ice with soda water on top then you quickly suck it down.
Dirty Mother: brandy and coffee liqueur.
Dirty White Mother: brandy , coffee liqueur, and half & half shaken.
Separator: brandy, coffee liqueur, and half & half built.
Toasted Almond: amaretto, coffee liqueur, and half & half.
Roasted Toasted Almond: vodka, amaretto, coffee liqueur, and half & half.
Brave Bull: coffee liqueur and tequila.
Girl Scout Cookie: coffee liqueur, white crème de menthe, and half & half.

 

 


Mudslide

Glass: Can come in many glasses because it can be made many ways.

1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
1/2 ounce Irish cream
Fill with half & half
Mixing Method: Can be served straight up, on the rocks, or frozen
Garnish: Sometimes chocolate syrup and whipped cream for the frozen variety.

Note: As you can see, the Mudslide is just a White Russian with Irish cream added. The most popular Irish cream is Baileys Irish cream. A Mudslide on the rocks can be made in a tall, Collins, or Old-fashioned glass. When frozen, you can use cream, but some establishments use vanilla ice cream or a pourable ice cream mix. Almost every chain restaurant and bar has a spin-off Mudslides. Many twirl chocolate syrup inside the glass before pouring and add whipped cream and a cherry. Mudslide Martinis can be made with two ounces of cream then shaken and strained.

 


Mudslide Family

Orgasm: amaretto, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream (some places add a little cream).
Screaming Orgasm: vodka, amaretto, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream (some places add a little cream).
B-52 Bomber (also just called a B-52): Shot layered with coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier.
Blow Job: Shot layered with coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and whipped cream.
Nutty Irishman: Irish cream, Frangelico, and half & half.
Russian Quaalude: vodka, Irish cream, and Frangelico shaken and strained as a shot.

 


Bushwhacker
(also spelled Bushwacker)

 

Glass: Whatever frozen glass you are using.


11/2 ounces dark rum
1 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
1 ounce coconut cream (Coco Lopez)
2 ounces of half & half
Mixing Method: Blended.


Note: Understand that this is the basic foundation recipe for a Bushwhacker. The main thing to know is that it will have a creamy coconut taste. Some bartenders add Irish cream and amaretto. The most popular coconut cream is Coco Lopez. Some guests like more of this ingredient and some less. Some bars do not have the budget for Coco Lopez and will substitute piña colada mix or add coconut rum to get the coconut taste into the drink. It can also be made with ice cream.

 


Chocolate Martini

Glass: Martini
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce white or dark crème de cocoa
2 ounces of half & half
Mixing Method: Shake then strain.


Garnish: Can be rimmed with cocoa powder, sprinkled with chocolate shavings, insides swirled with chocolate syrup or anything in your imagination.


Note: Understand that this is a basic Chocolate Martini recipe and that every establishment has their signature version. You can use different flavored vodkas such as vanilla and different chocolate liqueurs, including white chocolate liqueur.
Personally, like to rim it in hot chocolate powder because it’s sweeter than cocoa powder then squirt a little chocolate syrup in the bottom. Then with a drinking straw dip it into the chocolate and pull up about 6-8 chocolate lines straight up the glass. You can do it really fast by twisting the stem around with the fingers on one hand and pull up the chocolate lines with the other hand. A clear or milky looking Martini looks awesome with this presentation.

 

Chocolate Martini/Chocolate Liqueur Family

Brandy Alexander: brandy, white crème de cocoa and half & half if up or on the rocks and can be blended with ice cream. Gets a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Grasshopper: green crème de menthe, white crème de cocoa, and half & half.
Golden Cadillac: white crème de cocoa, Galliano, and half & half.
Banshee: white crème de cocoa, banana liqueur, and half & half.
Pink Squirrel: white crème de cocoa, crème de noya (noyaux) and half & half.

 


Creamsicle

 

Glass: Tall or frozen.
1 ounce vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
Fill with orange juice and half & half.
Mixing Method: Shake or build and roll.
Garnish: None. Some will add whip cream.


Note: You can vary this recipe by replacing the vanilla vodka for vanilla schnapps, Licor 43, or anything else with a vanilla taste. The main concern is to have a balance of vanilla, orange, and cream.

 


Nuts & Berries

 

Glass: Rocks.
1 ounce raspberry liqueur
1 ounce Francelico
2 ounces of half & half.
Mixing Method: Shake or build and roll.
Garnish: None.

 

The Top Creamy Drinks You Must Know

B-52
Blow Job
Brandy Alexander
Chocolate Martini
Grasshopper

Kahlúa & Cream
Mudslide
Orgasm
Sombrero
White Russian

 

 

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