Colorado Bulldog cocktail recipe is an elevated twist on the white russian. Vodka, coffee liqueur, milk, and a splash of coke make a frothy, creamy drink you won’t be able to put down!
My husband is very familiar behind a bar. Ryan bartended through college, graduate school, and then continued into “real life” when we couldn’t resist the extra money supplementing income.
He was familiar with the customers pulling up to his bar and ordering their “usuals.” Often, though, when patrons are faced with limitless alcohol choices, they hit a wall.
“I don’t know what I want to drink.”
Ryan’s number one suggestion was a Colorado Bulldog cocktail. No one had a problem taking down this slightly effervescent drink that tasted like nothing they’ve ever had before.
What is in a Colorado Bulldog?
Of course bar patrons would want to know what was this mysterious drink they just sucked down quickly. To make a Colorado Bulldog pour vodka, coffee liqueur (like Kahlua) and cream in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice, pour into a glass and add a splash of coke.
Basically it’s a white russian with pop, but it tastes like a frothy, creamy root beer with booze!
Why do they call it a Colorado Bulldog Drink?
The origin of the Colorado Bulldog appears to be a mystery. Cocktails traditionally have random names that have nothing to do with the alcohol (ie. Brandy Alexander, Alabama Slammer, Seabreeze, Bushwacker).
This beverage appears to follow suit.
What Kind of Cream or Milk to use
Heavy cream, half and half, whole to skim milk, coconut milk or any other non-dairy milk may be used.
If you prefer creamier drinks or looking for a dessert cocktail, use heavy cream or half and half. Use regular milk to reduce calories or make a lighter tasting drink.
How To Make a colorado bulldog
The great part about this drink is you really can’t mess it up. As long as you have the essential alcohol – vodka and Kahlua, the rest can be what you have on hand.
See above for all the dairy choices that may be used. For the cola, traditionally coke is added, but diet coke, root beer, or Dr. Pepper may be substituted.
- If desired drizzle the inside of glass with chocolate syrup, set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker pour vodka, Kahlua, and milk or cream. Add ice and shake.
- Pour into prepared class and top with a splash of coke.
frequently asked questions
Yes. Like a dairy-free white russian, the cream may be swapped out with cashew cream, almond milk, coconut milk, or coconut cream.
Yes. For best results, freeze the coke in ice cube trays and blend it together with ice, vodka, cream, and Kahlua.
Yes. The coca-cola may be swapped out for diet. To add another layer of flavor use vanilla vodka or add a splash of Rumchata to the recipe.
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- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
- 2 ounce cream, half and half, or milk
- 1 ounce coke
- chocolate syrup, optional
- If desired, drizzle inside of tall glass with chocolate syrup and set aside.
- Place ice in a cocktail shaker and pour in the measured vodka, Kahlua, and cream, half and half or milk. Shake for a few seconds and pour entire contents into tall glass.
- Top drink with coke and enjoy!
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