Food & Drink

How to Make a Deliciously Boozy Nashville Bushwacker

There are plenty of cities that have their own unique alcoholic drinks, but Nashville’s Bushwacker is truly one of a kind. This creamy, boozy version of a thick milkshake is now the go-to drink for bar hoppers and bachelorettes in the Music City.

Although the Bushwacker has gained popularity in the last decade, it originally came from the Caribbean Islands. Beach bums along the Gulf Coast eventually brought the drink to bars along the U.S. coastline. There are a few bars that claim to serve the “original” Nashville Bushwacker. However, the drink’s exact beginnings in the city are mostly unclear.

So what exactly is a Bushwhacker? It’s a drink that has a crushed ice base, which is mixed with multiple liquors and rum. It’s known for making you tipsy easily while cooling you down on a warm Southern day. Nashville is now the bachelorette party capital of the world. And the Bushwacker is naturally one of the first choices for an out and about wedding party.

Now, dozens of restaurants and bars in Nashville have their own versions of the drink. You can even find a few seasonal takes on the drink. Yes, there’s even a Pumpkin Spice version out there.

If you can’t make it to Nashville but still want to experience the greatness of a frosty Bushwacker, you’re in luck. You can check out our simple step-by-step recipe above.

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