Today's cocktail is a Creamy, chocolatey, rum-laced tropical bliss, a frozen beach bar staple.

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The Bushwacker is a creamy, indulgent cocktail that has become a staple of beach bars and tropical-themed restaurants around the world. Its origins can be traced back to the 1970s, when it was first created at the Ship's Store, a bar located in Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to the most widely accepted story, the Bushwacker was invented by bartender Angie Conigliaro, who was looking to create a new signature drink for the bar. She started experimenting with different combinations of liqueurs and spirits, eventually settling on a blend of 7 different spirits and cream of coconut.

The name "Bushwacker" is said to have come from a guest at the bar who claimed that the drink was so potent, it could "whack the bushes." The name stuck, and the cocktail quickly became a hit with locals and tourists alike.

In the 1980s, the Bushwacker made its way to the United States mainland, where it gained popularity at beach bars and spring break destinations like Florida and the Gulf Coast. Today, it remains a beloved frozen cocktail, enjoyed by people of all ages who are looking for a sweet and indulgent escape from the heat.




The Bushwacker remains a beloved frozen cocktail that captures the essence of tropical indulgence. Its creamy, chocolatey flavor and smooth texture make it the perfect treat for anyone looking to beat the heat and escape to a beachy state of mind.

As you blend up a batch of Bushwackers at home or order one at your favorite beach bar, take a moment to appreciate the ingenuity and creativity of the bartenders who have helped to make this cocktail a modern classic. From its humble beginnings in the U.S. Virgin Islands to its current status as a beloved frozen treat, the Bushwacker is a testament to the enduring appeal of sweet, indulgent cocktails that transport us to a place of pure relaxation and bliss.

So, raise a frosty glass to Angie Conigliaro and the countless other bartenders who have put their own spin on this classic cocktail over the years. Cheers to the Bushwacker, a true taste of tropical paradise!

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Brian Certain

Published a month ago