The Bushwhacker

The mysterious yet delicious summertime cocktail.


A few weeks ago on the way home from the Kenny Chesney show in Tampa, Rum Shop Ryan and I stopped at Sarasota Beach at a cool little place called Sharky’s. Here they have a delicious drink called the Bushwhacker; and that was our target for this trip.

Since then I had been meaning to get the ingredients I didn’t have on hand to mix a few of these up as I can’t find anyone in the Miami area that makes them. Then the other night I was sitting and trying to think of what to write about for this week. I happen to mentioned to someone online I wanted to make one of these but I wasn’t really wanting to venture out in the storm to do so.

To my dismay they had no idea what a Bushwhacker was. So I explained in detail this tasty libation and how to make it. At that point it was clear that I had to post about this fantastic concoction in order to educate those who haven’t experienced it for themselves.

Now admittedly, I am not a big fan of frozen drinks, most are overly sugary, overdone, and typically lacking in rum. Growing up in Florida, to us they are drinks for the tourist; but this one is an exception to that rule for sure.

The Bushwhacker is a drink riddled in mystery and soaked in a delicious combination of flavors; and of course has my favorite ingredient, rum. The mystery of the drink is it’s origin; but I have found this to be true of many cocktails. But this drink in particular has more people claiming to be the originator and more places of origin than one can follow.

The most popular place selling the Bushwhacker is the Sandshaker in Pensacola Beach. They claim to be the original but I have heard people claim this same drink in California, various bars in Florida, and through the islands. In fact it is rumored that the owner of the Sandshaker got the recipe from a bar in St. Thomas and just perfected the mixture.

I personally had my first one at the shaker and that happens to be my favorite so far; though Sharky’s is a close second for sure. But as I will be on St. Thomas this summer, I will have to stop by Flip Flops at Sapphire Beach and try another “original”.

As many people claiming to have created this drink there are just as many variations; this is my favorite and the Shaker recipe. I personally can’t drink more than a few of these because of how rich they are; but they are great on a hot summer day. So grab your blender and mix up a batch; I promise it’ll be a hit with your guest.

4 oz cream of coconut
2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
1 oz Bacardi black rum
1 oz creme de cacao
4 oz half-and-half
2 cups ice
vanilla ice cream (optional)

Put all of ingredients into a blender and blend until mixed. The ice cream can be added slowly till the desired taste and texture is reached.

Serve in your favorite glass, garnish with chocolate flakes/shavings (my preference) and enjoy.

Cheers.

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5 Responses to “The Bushwhacker”

  1. Big Kahuna June 26, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    2 please!

  2. Dave June 26, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Two things: If you want a great tasting bushwacker while you’re in the islands, head over to Pirate’s on Norman Island (BVI). That is a fantastic drink.

    Second, I’ve been trying to perfect a high alcohol version of a bushwacker. I’m getting closer.

    It varies, but here’s what I did last time.

    In a blender:

    2 oz dark rum
    2 oz coconut rum
    2 oz frangelico
    2 oz amaretto
    2 oz creme de cocoa
    4 oz bailey’s Irish cream
    Generous amount of Hershey’s syrup
    Fill with ice.
    Hit the switch.

    Use lots of hersheys. Helps take the bite off. Let me how you like it. This is the high alcohol version obviously.

  3. Shawn Martin
    Shawn Martin June 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Charles, I’ll be making some this weekend!

    Dave, I will have to try that out this weekend as well. Looks amazing. Not sure I’ll be able to make Norman Island on this trip but I’ll definitely add it to my next itinerary. It’s one I have yet to visit!!

  4. David June 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Flip Flops and the Bight in Norman are good to be sure, but if you are going to be on St. Thomas anyway, take a day trip over to Jost Van Dyke and compare the one made at One Love Bar in White Bay just down from the Soggy Dollar Bar (where you must of course have a Pain Killler). Raquel at One Love ,akes the best I have ever had and it’s all most all alcohol.

  5. Randall June 27, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    I had my first bushwhacker at a bar on Megan’s bay years ago. But prior to that I had a drink called a Monkey La La in the Bay Islands, which I swear are the same ingredients. Either way both are fantastic concoctions. CHEERS!!!

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