The Bushwacker

A Man’s Drink?

“You should have a bushwacka! That’s a reeeal mon’s drink,” said the bartender, letting the words hang like a dare.

Well. I guess that’s that. I’ll have one. The barman gets to work, I peer over the bar to pick up what I can. Rum, Bailey’s … was that Amaretto? Um. I begin to question my decision. Then, there it is: A tall frosty frappe looking decidedly unmanly. But, wait. Not only is it deliciously frozen and chocolately, it’s got some serious kick.

Tonight, we’re a long way from the B.V.I. and the dark teak bar of the Bitter End Yacht Club, but whenever the weather turns tropical, the bushwackers are a hit. We serve them as a special dessert drink to chase the island-spiced pork and red beans and rice we served our guests.

The Inspiration

The Bitter End Yacht Club is a beautiful resort and working yacht club on the island of Virgin Gorda. The long teak and mahogony bar is decorated with hundreds of burgees from visiting sailors, and it seems like the kind of place Bogart or Hemingway would have been comfortable.

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The Bushwacker Cocktail

  • Two parts Bailey’s (3 oz)
  • One part Kahlua (1.5 oz)
  • One part Amaretto or Frangelica
  • One part Jamaican rum
  • One part Malibu (or coconut rum)
  • One part vodka

Add all ingredients to a blender. Add about the same amount of cracked ice and blend until frothy. Pour into in a tall glass and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.

CAUTION: This one’s dangerous. Especially if you have a sweet tooth.

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