126-Atlee_MudslideMy favourite quip about the “proper” mudslide is from the folks at the Wreck Bar at Rum Point Beach (which is, as folklore has it, where the mudslide was first invented) in answer to a question that many tourists reportedly have asked (how much is a virgin mudslide?): ice is free!

 So what is a mudslide? It’s a delicious, chocolaty milkshake of a drink that, if over indulged in (in my case, that means two!), will make you fall down and/or go to sleep – if you don’t get brain freeze first!  This is not for children (or people who don’t tolerate alcohol well).  This is a very grown up drink.

 The recipe for a mudslide is simple (but not easy to properly make, as witnessed by the annual competition by the local bars):

                     1 part vodka

                    1 part Kahlua (or coffee liqueur)

                    1 part Bailey’s (or Irish cream)

                    chocolate syrup

                    ice – lots of ice

 Some of the bars and “mixologists” on island and around the world have tried to improve upon the recipe, adding ice cream and whipping cream and various other things but “purists” believe that you should only use the basic ingredients!   

 I asked my husband, Colin, for his “secret” recipe for creamy, smooth, icy-cold mudslides (makes 4 large portions): take 4 large glasses and swirl chocolate syrup around the inside of each glass. Next, measure and pour 4 ounces each of vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s into the blender (Colin said that he uses a touch less vodka but adds a bit of extra Bailey’s and Kahlua).  Add about 2 cups of ice to the blender and blend on high power until all the ice is crushed.  Add more ice (a few cubes at a time – you will probably need 3 to 4 cups of ice in total) and keep blending until it is nice and thick (like a McDonalds’ milkshake).  If you put in too much ice the mudslide will get too thick and may stop blending in the blender – no worries, just add more vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s (hmmm….this explains the “extra” portion that he always gets)!     chocolate swirl

 And, the “pièce de résistance”: after you put in a milkshake straw (for proper consumption), squirt a shot of Kahlua down the straw (Colin uses a marinade injector) – but tell your consumers first – or it could be a problem!

 So, where do you go and how do you judge?

 First – find a designated driver.  Next, hit up the various bars for some serious drinking. The Wreck Bar mudslide was the winner of the best drink at this year’s Taste of Cayman. The year before that, at Blackbeard’s competition, was Billy Bones Bar.  I have also heard good things about mudslides at Kaibo Yacht Club, the Royal Palms and Sunset House (My Bar).

 The best mudslides, though, in my opinion, are at No Big Ting  or Coral Loft (depending on where we are) – made by Colin when we have friends over but, since he has not yet seen fit to open a bar, I guess you’ll have to find the second best!  Happy taste testing!