Bushwacker Drink

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua…

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The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua and creme de cacao.

Bushwacker drink

Here’s a frozen cocktail that will blow your mind with its creamy, chocolaty flavor: the Bushwacker drink! This one is equal parts refreshing and rich…and man, are we glad it’s now part of our repertoire. Invented in the 1970’s, the Bushwacker is a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada. It’s lusciously smooth with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. It’s perfect for sipping poolside or as a dessert drink any time you’re dreaming of sun. Here’s how to make the best Bushwacker on the planet.

What’s a Bushwacker?

The Bushwacker is as frozen alcoholic drink made with Kahlua, rum, creme de cacao, and cream of coconut. It was invented in 1975 in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and has since become very popular especially in Florida and beach resorts. How did it get its name? The story goes that bartender Angie Conigliaro and restaurant manager Tom Brokamp named it after a guest’s dog, an Afghan hound named Bushwack!

What’s in a Bushwacker? This frozen milkshake relies on classic cocktail ingredients blended to perfection…not ice cream as you might expect! Here’s what you’ll need for a classic Bushwacker drink:

  • Aged rum
  • Kahlua
  • Creme de cacao
  • Cream of coconut (not coconut cream! see below)
  • Milk
  • Ice

Let’s chat through the more unique ingredients, shall we?

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What’s creme de cacao?

Despite what you might think, creme de cacao is not creamy or made with dairy! This special liqueur is what makes a Grasshopper and a Chocolate Martini, and it’s one of the oldest liqueurs around. Here’s more about why to add it to your collection:

  • Creme de cacao is a chocolate liqueur, available in both white (clear) and dark varieties. It’s possibly one of the first alcoholic beverages, made in the 1600’s by monks after cocoa beans were brought back to Europe from America (source). The original Bushwacker had dark creme de cacao, but white is more commonly used so we white used it here.
  • What does creme de cacao taste like? White creme de cacao tastes like milk chocolate with notes of vanilla. Dark creme de cacao tastes richer with dark chocolate notes.
  • How much does creme de cacao cost? It costs between $10 to $20 for a 750 ml bottle.
  • Is it worth buying? Yes, if you like dessert drinks! Use it to make creme de cacao drinks like the Brandy AlexanderChocolate Martini, or Grasshopper.
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Make sure it’s cream of coconut (not coconut cream)

Another important ingredient in the Bushwacker drink: cream of coconut! If you read one thing in this article, note this: Buy cream of coconut, not coconut cream! What’s the difference? Here’s what to know: cream of coconut vs coconut cream:

  • Cream of coconut is a sweetened syrup for drinks! It’s made with coconut cream and lots of added sugar. Because it’s used in drinks, it’s sold in handy squeeze bottles. Cream of coconut is easy to find online or at your local liquor store. A popular brand is Coco Real.
  • Coconut cream is unsweetened: it’s very thick and has a strong coconut flavor. It’s typically sold in cans next to the coconut milk. Coconut cream is made from chilling coconut milk and then skimming off the layer of cream that floats to the top.

What if you accidentally buy coconut cream? You can still save your Bushwhacker drink! Use 1 ounce coconut cream and 1 ounce simple syrup in place of the 2 ounces cream of coconut.

More with cream of coconut? Try popular coconut cocktails like the Piña Colada, Painkiller, Coconut Martini or Bushwacker!

Use Kahlua or any coffee liqueur!

The last ingredient of note in the Bushwacker drink? Kahlua! Kahlua is a type of coffee liqueur: the most popular brand, in fact. But what actually is it?

  • Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that’s made in Mexico. It’s made with rum, sugar and coffee. Again, there’s no dairy in it! It’s naturally dark brown in color and tastes like sweetened coffee. Kahlua has caffeine, but it’s only about 25% as much as the same volume of coffee.
  • How much does Kahlua cost? It costs about $15 to $20 for a large 750 ml bottle.
  • Is it worth buying? Yes, there are lots of Kahlua drinks to use it in! Try it in a Mudslide, Espresso Martini, B-52, Kahlua Coffee, Mind Eraser, Colorado Bulldog, Black Russian or White Russian.
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How to make a Bushwacker drink: a few tips!

Once you’ve got your specialty liquors, mixing up the Bushwacker drink is a breeze! Here are a few things to note:

  • You can use any type of rum; we like aged best. Aged rum has the most delicious, nuanced flavor with notes of vanilla and oak. But you can use whatever rum you have on hand! White and dark work too.
  • Use any type of milk. Anything you have on hand works, from 2% to whole.
  • The drink tends to separate, which is normal. Just stir it up with your straw while drinking!

More sweet & frozen drinks

The Bushwacker is one in a family of sweet cocktails and frozen alcoholic drinks. Here are a few related drinks you might enjoy:

  • Painkiller It’s an even tastier, more sophisticated pina colada! It also uses cream of coconut.
  • Strawberry Daiquiri The best daiquiri is homemade, made from frozen strawberries!
  • Frozen Margarita The best tangy flavor! The frozen version of everyone’s favorite, the margarita.

When to serve a Bushwacker drink

The Bushwacker cocktail is creamy and refreshing! It’s great as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Poolside or lake house drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Signature cocktail
  • Girls night drink

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Bushwacker drink

Classic Bushwacker


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua and creme de cacao.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) aged rum (or white or dark)
  • 2 ounces Kahlua
  • 2 ounces creme de cacao (white or dark; we used white)
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces 2% milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • For the garnish: Shaved chocolate or grated nutmeg, cocktail cherry (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with shaved chocolate or grated nutmeg, if desired. Add straws and serve. (You can stir with the straw when the drink starts to separate.)
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Bushwacker drink

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Grasshopper Pie Recipe

Grasshopper pie is a no-bake mint-chocolate pie spiked with crème de menthe and layered on an Oreo crust. Your go-to St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

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Grasshopper pie, named for its bright green color, is a rich yet refreshing dessert. This no-bake pie recipe is festive, quick to make and requires just a few ingredients. It features a silky smooth filling spiked with crème de menthe and crème de cacao, nestled into an Oreo cookie crust. Grasshopper pie will be your go-to St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

A grasshopper pie with a slice removed and another cut away from the whole pie.

Growing up, I’m not sure anything was better than going out to eat at Olive Garden and having Andes mints get strewn on the table along with the check at the end of the meal. I loved those little mint chocolate candies and would try to steal as many as I could.

I’ve always loved the combination of smooth chocolate and refreshing mint, so it came as no surprise that I loved my first grasshopper cocktail when I tried it in college. Fast forward a few more years and I fell in love all over again with this grasshopper pie.

An overhead photo of grasshopper pie with whipped cream around the border.

Perfect for a holiday celebration

The filling in grasshopper pie is such a festive green color that it’s sure to bring out your St. Patrick’s Day spirit. It doesn’t hurt that the added liqueur makes for a boozy treat with all the flavors of a grasshopper cocktail.

You don’t have to stop there, though. Not only does this make a great St. Patrick’s Day pie, but it would also be wonderfully refreshing during the summer, and festive enough for the winter holidays.

What you’ll need…

This recipe doesn’t use too many ingredients, and you may already have many of them in your kitchen.

  • One package of Cool Mint Oreos
  • Green crème de menthe
  • White crème de cacao
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Heavy cream
  • Egg yolks
  • Melted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt

There is a total infusion of chocolate and mint flavors in this pie, which begins with the crust. Instead of using a plain ol’ chocolate cookie crumb crust, Cool Mint Oreos are used for an even bigger pop of flavor. Add to that a healthy dose of crème de menthe and crème de cacao, and you have a perfectly balanced, fantastic-tasting pie.

The texture of the filling is a cross between a meringue, a Jell-O dessert, and a cream pie. It’s smooth, creamy, light and airy. The best part about this mint-flavored pie is that it has a gelatin-based filling instead of the traditional marshmallow creme. This substitution makes for a smoother consistency and a bolder mint flavor in the filling.

Step-by-step photos of making grasshopper pie filling.

Liquer vs. food extract

While both ingredients are alcohol-based, liqueur tends to have a more natural flavor than extracts do. Because the overall flavor is also less intense, you can use more liqueur without compromising the texture of the filling like other liquids might.

White crème de cacao, in particular, has a very unique flavor that is hard to find with extracts since it also has hints of vanilla.

Substitute for Crème de Menthe

Crème de menthe is a mint-flavored liqueur that is 50 percent alcohol by volume. The alcohol does not cook out, so it’s important to note that, as written, this recipe is not kid-friendly.

The good news is, there is a simple substitute! To make the grasshopper pie recipe non-alcoholic, omit the mint and chocolate liqueurs. Instead, use ½ teaspoon of pure peppermint extract and ½ cup of milk.

How to make grasshopper pie

It will take you less than an hour to assemble the pie. After that, it needs to chill for several more hours, or even overnight.

  1. Make the Oreo crust: Stir together the crushed cookies and melted butter, press into the pie plate, refrigerate briefly, then bake. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Prepare the filling: The gelatin mixture requires a few different steps to complete. Once that’s done, refrigerate until it reaches the right consistency, stirring occasionally. Then beat the remaining heavy cream to stiff peaks and fold into the gelatin mixture to finish off your filling.
  3. Assemble your pie: Pour the filling into the cooled pie shell and smooth out the top.
  4. Chill and serve: Refrigerate until firm, then top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Folding whipped cream into grasshopper pie filling.

Recipe FAQs, Tips & Tricks:

  • If you can’t find Cool Mint Oreos, you can use regular or homemade Oreos for the crust.
  • Use a glass cup or measuring cup to press the crust into the bottom of the pie plate to make sure it’s tightly packed.
  • Do I use the cookie and the cream filling, or just the cookie? You’ll want to use the whole Oreo to get the right consistency for the crust. Plus the mint filling in the cookie will add extra mint flavor to your grasshopper pie.
  • No-bake version of the crust: You can make the crust no-bake as well. Increase the butter amount to ¼ cup and make sure the crust is fully chilled before adding your filling.
  • Make-Ahead Crust: You can make the crust ahead of time (or several at once), then store them in the freezer for later use. If you’ll be storing for longer than a few days, cover with aluminum foil and then wrap the pie crust in plastic wrap. It should keep well frozen for 2 to 3 months.
  • Because the filling is no-bake, there is no way to cook off the alcohol. Please keep this in mind if you plan to serve it to children or anyone who can’t have alcohol.
  • To make a non-alcoholic version: Omit the creme de cacao and creme de menthe and replace with ½ teaspoon mint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup milk.
  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Be sure to cover with plastic wrap to preserve flavor and keep it fresh.
  • Freezing Instructions: This pie freezes well! Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. You can slice and serve frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.

A slice of grasshopper pie on a plate with a fork.

If you’re looking for more tasty chocolate and mint combinations, try my No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie recipe, Grasshopper Chocolate Bark, and Grasshopper Brownies.

I hope you’ll put this on your menu for St. Patrick’s Day, a summer get-together, or Christmas! If you make it, I’d love if you would take a moment to stop back and share a review below. ENJOY! ?

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Grasshopper Pie Recipe

Grasshopper pie is a no-bake mint-chocolate pie spiked with crème de menthe and layered on an Oreo crust. Your go-to St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling time 7 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 536kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 24 Cool Mint Oreo cookies crushed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled

For the Filling:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream divided
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup green crème de menthe
  • ¼ cup white crème de cacao

Instructions

  • Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and the melted butter in a medium bowl and toss with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer the crumbs to a 9-inch pie plate. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, forming a crust. Refrigerate the lined pie plate for 20 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes, until the crust is fragrant and set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Make the Filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until foamy, about 30 seconds. Stir together the gelatin, sugar, ½ cup of the heavy cream and the salt in a medium saucepan and let sit until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture is very hot but not boiling, about 2 minutes. Whisking continuously, slowly drizzle the gelatin mixture into egg yolks. Return mixture to saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the crème de menthe and crème de cacao. Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until it thickens to a wobbly consistency, about 20 minutes.
  • Beat the remaining 1½ cups heavy cream on medium-high speed until it holds stiff peaks. Gently whisk 1 cup of the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture until completely incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold the remaining whipped cream into the gelatin mixture until no streaks of white remain. Scrape the mixture into the cooled pie shell, smooth the top, and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. Serve with whipped cream and topped with chocolate curls, if desired.

Notes

  • If you can’t find Cool Mint Oreos, you can use regular or homemade Oreos for the crust.
  • Use a glass cup or measuring cup to press the crust into the bottom of the pie plate to make sure it’s tightly packed.
  • Do I use the cookie and the cream filling, or just the cookie? You’ll want to use the whole Oreo to get the right consistency for the crust. Plus the mint filling in the cookie will add extra mint flavor to your grasshopper pie.
  • No-bake version of the crust: You can make the crust no-bake as well. Increase the butter amount to ¼ cup and make sure the crust is fully chilled before adding your filling.
  • Make-Ahead Crust: You can make the crust ahead of time (or several at once), then store them in the freezer for later use. If you’ll be storing for longer than a few days, cover with aluminum foil and then wrap the pie crust in plastic wrap. It should keep well frozen for 2 to 3 months.
  • Because the filling is no-bake, there is no way to cook off the alcohol. Please keep this in mind if you plan to serve it to children or anyone who can’t have alcohol.
  • To make a non-alcoholic version: Omit the creme de cacao and creme de menthe and replace with ½ teaspoon mint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup milk.
  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Be sure to cover with plastic wrap to preserve flavor and keep it fresh.
  • Freezing Instructions: This pie freezes well! Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. You can slice and serve frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.
Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3.3mg

(Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country, originally seen on The Galley Gourmet)

Originally published in 2013, this has been updated to include new photos and more in-depth recipe instructions.

[photos by Dee of One Sarcastic Baker]

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