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Flora-Bama Bushwacker Recipe

This Florabama Bushwacker recipe is named after a cocktail that was made famous by the legendary Flora-Bama Yacht club in Perdido Key, Florida. 

If you have ever been to the Yacht Club, no doubt you tried a classic Bushwacker and if you haven’t been yet, you will be counting down the days after you try this adult milkshake. 

The recipe below is a copycat Flora-Bama Bushwacker recipe that tastes amazing and can be enjoyed as a dessert or cocktail at any time of day or night. 

Florabama bushwacker recipe

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What is a Bushwacker? 

A bushwacker is essentially an “adult” milkshake that tastes amazing.

In 1975, the Bushwacker cocktail was invented at the Ship’s Store/Sapphire Pub in Sapphire Village, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s popularity quickly grew and now it is a mainstay in many tropical bars around the World. 

They are found in bars all over the country and especially in Florida and Alabama and the Florabama cocktail is one of the most popular. 

What is in a Flora-Bama Bushwacker?

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While the original Bushwacker recipe featured Vodka, Kahlua, Dark Crème de Cacao, cream of coconut, a splash of Triple sec and milk, every bar has its own variation of the Bushwacker cocktail. 

To make a Flora-Bama Bushwacker, you need:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce dark crème de cacao liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon of amaretto or another almond liqueur
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
All you need to make the Bushwacker is a blender. I love my Margaritaville Blender as it is great for all kinds of frozen drinks but any blender will work. 
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The Florabama Bushwacker Recipe Instructions

This cocktail is so easy to make! Simply put all your ingredients in the blender and blend it all up! 

If your milkshake is too thick, add in some milk until you get the consistency you desire. 

You can drizzle chocolate syrup in the inside of your hurricane glass before pouring in your Bushwacker if desired. Some people also like to top their Florabama bushwacker with a cherry. 

Whatever your choice is, there is no denying that Florabama’s bushwackers are absolutely delicious and refreshing. Who knows, you might even be inspired to try out a new drink recipe at home!

Variations of the Bushwacker Cocktail

Don’t be afraid to try different toppings and flavors in your Bushwacker. A little chocolate, coconut or caramel can go a long way to spicing up your bushwacker and taking it to the next level.

I also like to try different flavors of ice cream to jazz the milkshake up. 

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Yield: 1

Flora-Bama Bushwacker Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

This fun boozy milkshake is a staple in the Southern States and this version is a copycat of the one served at the legenady Flora-Bama Yacht club


  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz spiced dark rum
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz dark crème de cacao liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon of amaretto or another almond liqueur
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream


  1. Add ice to your blender then follow with the other ingredients.
  2. Blend until frothy
  3. Add milk if too thick


You can add more alcohol to taste

Change up the ice cream flavors if desired

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