If you’ve never had or at least heard of a bushwacker before, then you probably read the title of this post and thought, “What the wa???” while raising your eyebrows as high as they will go. I know. It’s a weird name.
The first time I ever had one was in Nashville with my then boyfriend, now husband, Trey. He had lived in Nashville and told me that bushwackers were all the rave. Although I was half sure that he was just telling me that so that I’d order one, and then look like a total dork because it wasn’t really a thing. I was wrong, and it was delicious!
Most bushwackers that I’ve seen tend to boast more tropical flavors with ingredients like cream of coconut. This version is an easy-to-make-at-home winter variation with some of my favorite spices: cinnamon and nutmeg.
Does it make me totally basic to say that some of my favorite spices are cinnamon and nutmeg?
Don’t answer that.
1.5 oz rum
1.5 oz vodka
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg plus more for garnish
4 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
a big handful of ice
Combine all the ingredients and blend together until smooth. Pour into two small glasses and garnish with a vanilla bean (cut in half), a cinnamon stick, and another grating of fresh nutmeg. Or any combination of those. 🙂
I know these servings looks small, but this is such a decadent and delicious drink that I personally love this small size. You could certainly serve the above as one big drink if you wanted. I won’t tell. One quick note:
-I used Rhum Barbancourt (15 yr) for the rum in this as that’s a rum we usually (at least lately) have at our house. It’s a Haitian rum, so it’s got some, well, funk to it (in a good way). So I think it goes well with the sweetness of this drink. But if you prefer to use a sweeter rum, as those tend to be what I like to sip on (and you can’t just buy 1.5 oz for this drink), then might I recommend Ron Zacapa, Zaya, or Diplomatico. I am not as familiar with vodka I always have at least one at home since it’s what I usually buy to make Moscow Mules, which is still a favorite. 🙂
Enjoy! xo. Emma
Spiced Vanilla Bean Bushwacker (Cocktail)
- 1.5 oz rum
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg plus more for garnish
- 4 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
- a big handful of ice
Combine all the ingredients and blend together until smooth. Pour into two small glasses and garnish with a vanilla bean (cut in half), a cinnamon stick, and another grating of fresh nutmeg. Or any combination of those.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.