Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches have become synonymous with a rich and boozy frozen drink: a bushwacker. This sweet treat is like a milkshake — but with a kick. Recipes for the spiked ice cream cocktail vary, but it usually includes a combination of vanilla ice cream, creme de cacao, light rum, spiced rum, Kahlua, amaretto, and milk. Some variations opt to add coconut cream, and others drizzle chocolate sauce down the sides.
The original bushwacker recipe came from the Sapphire Pub on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands but was brought stateside by Sandshaker Beach Bar in Pensacola Beach, Florida.
Flora-Bama, the famous bar on the Alabama/Florida line, popularized the cocktail with Alabama Gulf Coast visitors and has since become known as the main spot to grab a bushwacker. The owner of the Flora-Bama came up with the recipe after years of being a regular at Sandshaker.