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How To Make A Bushwacker Cocktail Recipe

The Bushwacker cocktail is an alcoholic milkshake that packs a punch. By combining three different liqueurs this cocktail is very powerful. It’s the perfect drink to have for dessert as it can be made using chocolate syrup and nutmeg.

Here’s What You’re Going To Need

To make the Bushwacker, you’re going to need a few things:

Equipment Needed:

  • Blender
  • Hurricane Glass
  • Jigger or Shot Glass

Ingredients Needed:

  • Whole Milk
  • Cream of Coconut
  • Dark Rum
  • Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • Creme de Cacao

Optional Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Cherry

Bushwacker Cocktail Recipe

Bushwacker Milkshake Cocktail

A tasty alcoholic milkshake!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcoholic milkshake, Bushwacker cocktail, Bushwacker milkshake, Bushwacker milkshake cocktail
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 546kcal
Cost: 3.50


  • Blender
  • Hurricane glass
  • Jigger or Shot Glass



  • 2 Ounces Cream of Coconut
  • 2 Ounces Whole Milk
  • 1 Ounce Dark Rum
  • 1 Ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 Ounce Creme de Cacao
  • 2 Scoops Ice


  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Cherry


  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Mix well.
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup inside the hurricane glass. Then carefully pour mixture inside.
  • Place ground up nutmeg on top, garnish with a cherry.
  • Cheers!



The chocolate syrup, nutmeg, and cherry are optional! All depends on what your preferences are. 


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 64mg
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History of the Bushwacker Cocktail

The Bushwacker originated in the spring of 1975 at the Sapphire Pub in Sapphire Village, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. It was created by a bartender who worked there named Angie Conigliaro and the restaurant’s manager Tom Brokamp. It was soon brought back to the U.S and made popular in Florida.

There has been an annual Bushwacker festival at Quietwater Beach, Florida to celebrate the drink. The festival has been running since 1986.

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

Is there a different type of liquor I can use?

The original recipe called for Vodka instead of dark rum. If you need to use another liquor, this is what we would recommend.

Do I need to use chocolate syrup and nutmeg?

No you don’t have to. If you prefer to make it taste more like a milkshake then we reccomend it. There are many variations of this drink with some including and not including the chocolate and nutmeg.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total.

Some Other Ways This Drink is Made

In this video, the bartender substitutes multiple ingredients for others. The main changes are using cream instead of milk and using Irish cream instead of cream of coconut.

In this video, the bartender makes this into an alcohol-filled milkshake better than most variations of the cocktail. They substitute vanilla ice cream for milk and also use Irish cream.

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