TGI Friday’s Mudslide (Copycat)

2 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

TGI Friday’s Mudslide Copycat recipe for the ultimate boozy milkshake with vodka, Baileys, Kahlua plus both chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Part drink, part Dessert, TGI Friday’s Mudslide is an indulgent creamy, chocolaty Frozen Treat! This decadent, boozy milkshake recipe for two is perfect for date night. You can also double or triple the batch for a game day dessert sure score big with your guests! For another amazing boozy milkshake, try my one-of-a-kind Drake Shake!

Sabrina’s Copycat TGIF’s Mudslide Recipe

A TGI Friday’s Mudslide is a creamy cocktail combined with a classic chocolate milkshake for one iconic frozen dessert. Adding chocolate and vanilla ice cream to the original cocktail mixture makes it even more rich, creamy, and decadent. There’s no need to go out for dinner to enjoy this indulgent milkshake though! If you have a blender, all you need is to grab ice cream and the liqueurs from the store and you can have this amazing milkshake in no time.

This boozy milkshake might look like a kid’s treat, but with 3 different alcohols, it is definitely adults only! However, it is possible to make Virgin Mudslides with some substitutions. I included substitution options later in this post, which are also great if you are missing one of the liqueurs or you just want to make it a little less strong.

TGI Fridays Mudslide ingredients in prep containers and bottles of vodka and Kahlua.


  • Vodka: The vodka doesn’t add any flavor but it is what gives this Mudslide the majority of it’s boozy kick! Use one that is drinkable for you, but it doesn’t need to be top shelf or expensive at all. Try it with vanilla vodka for even more flavor!
  • Irish Cream: Bailey’s Irish Cream is a creamy liqueur made with whiskey and cream that has notes of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. You can use any brand of Irish Cream, it doesn’t have to be Bailey’s.
  • Kahlua: Kahlua is a Mexican coffee liqueur made with coffee, rum, and sugar. It has a one of a kind strong coffee flavor with smoky, spiced notes.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Adding Vanilla Ice Cream helps lighten the strong chocolate flavor of the milkshake so you can taste the other flavors in the liqueurs.
  • Chocolate Ice Cream: Coffee actually brings out the chocolate flavor of the Chocolate Ice Cream so this milkshake has tons of dark, chocolaty flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: Along with the alcohol ingredients, heavy cream is added as a liquid ingredient. It adds to the creaminess and mellows out the alcohol taste.
  • Ice Cubes: The ice not only keeps the milkshake ice cold, it gives the drink a slushier consistency and lightens up the heaviness from the creamy ingredients.
  • Chocolate Syrup: Some chocolate syrup drizzled inside the glass gives it a restaurant quality look and who doesn’t love extra chocolate?
  • Whipped Cream: Finish your Mudslide off with some freshly made Whipped Cream, frozen whipped topping, or can of whipped cream.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Blender: Since this milkshake is made with ice, you’ll want a blender to perfectly crush the ice. If your blender is smaller, make this drink in two batches.
  • Alcohol Meter: This special double sided measuring cup is designed to perfectly measure ounces of alcohol and is a handy addition to your kitchen if you like making cocktails.
  • Glasses: You’ll need two tall glasses like a hurricane glass or milkshake glass. Or if you use a smaller pint glass, you can make more servings.

How to Make

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Add to Blender

    Add the vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, ice cubes, heavy cream, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate ice cream to your blender.

  2. Blend Until Smooth

    Blend at high speed for about 1 minute, until the ice is blended into small pieces and it’s all mixed well.

  3. Prepare Glasses

    Tilt your glass at an angle and start to drizzle the inside with chocolate syrup as you slowly turn your glass to get all sides. Repeat with a second glass.TGI Fridays Mudslide empty glasses with chocolate syrup in glass, ingredients in background

  4. Pour and Serve

    Divide the Mudslide mixture between two large glasses. Top with some whipped cream. Serve immediately.TGI Fridays Mudslide finished milkshake in glass with chocolate syrup in glass and whipped cream on top

Can this be made ahead of time?

You can mix the alcohol ingredients and heavy cream ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Wait until you are ready to serve the mudslides before blending it with the ice cream and ice.

To prep ahead for parties, double or triple the alcohol and cream amounts and store the mixture in a sealed pitcher. Use 1 ½ cups of the alcohol mixture plus the regular amount of ice and ice cream on the recipe card for each batch of mudslides.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
TGI Friday's Mudslide (Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1029 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 536mg15%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 78g87%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1658IU33%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 293mg29%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips for Making a Mudslide Milkshake

  • Add Toppings!

Add chocolate garnishes like shaved chocolate, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate sprinkles over the top of the whipped cream. Try some some crushed peppermint during the winter time. Other ice cream toppings like crushed peanuts, toasted coconut flakes, Salted Caramel Sauce, and toffee bits would all taste delicious!

  • Using Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice cream tends to be much softer than if you buy it from the store. To keep your shake from being runny, leave out the heavy cream then add it a splash or two at a time as needed until you get a smooth and creamy consistency.

How to Store

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 days. Let it soften in the fridge before enjoying. You can also toss the frozen leftovers in a blender for a slushy cream consistency.

Liqueur Substitutions

There are no substitutes for vodka, so just leave it out if you don’t want the drink strong or you are making a virgin drink. For the Bailey’s and Kahlua, the substitutes below will make more than you need so make sure to only add the amount called for on the recipe card.

Bailey’s Irish Cream Substitutes

  • Coffee Creamer: An easy swap is ½ cup Irish Cream Coffee Creamer with a ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon almond extract to mimic the whiskey flavor plus 2 teaspoons chilled espresso or strong coffee.
  • Homemade Bailey’s: Combine ½ cup whiskey, ½ can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 can coconut cream (not creme of coconut), 2 tablespoons instant espresso, and 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup. Blend and measure out as usual. If you don’t want alcohol, add ½ cup of milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the whiskey.

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur Substitutes

  • Homemade Kahlua: Bring 1 cup brewed strong coffee and ¾ cup brown sugar to a simmer. Stir over medium low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 ½ cup dark rum and 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract. Cool completely before using. You can make it non-alcoholic leaving out the rum and reducing the vanilla to just 1 teaspoon.
  • Coffee & Cocoa: For an even easier non-alcoholic Kahlua swap, just mix 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder in ½ cup of water until it’s dissolved. It won’t taste exactly like Kahlua, but it will work in the small quantity needed for this recipe.

Frequent Questions

How many Mudslides does this recipe make?

This particular recipe makes 2 Mudslides. However, it is enough to fill rather tall glasses, so if you wanted to split it into smaller servings that’s also an option.

What kind of vodka should I use?

Because of all the rich cream, coffee, and chocolate flavor in this delicious drink, you don’t taste the vodka that much. For that reason, I wouldn’t worry about buying an expensive bottle of vodka. Whatever you have or a cheap option from your local liquor store will work nicely in this copycat recipe.

Can I make this Mudslide without alcohol?

Absolutely! Whether you want to make a kid-friendly version, or you want to enjoy this decadent milkshake without booze, you can definitely make a “virgin” Mudslide. Check out my Liqueur Substitutions section above for ways to make this drink non-alcoholic.

What is a Mudslide?

A Mudslide is a classic cocktail that started gaining popularity around the 1950s. The original cocktail version combines coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, vodka, heavy cream, and chocolate syrup. It’s similar to a White Russian cocktail, but adds the heavy cream so it’s creamier and the chocolate syrup, usually lining the glass, makes it sweeter.

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TGI Friday’s Mudslide (Copycat)

TGI Friday's Mudslide Copycat recipe for the ultimate boozy milkshake with vodka, Baileys, Kahlua plus both chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
Yield 2 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender for 1 minute.
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup inside cup.
  • Fill with blended drink.
  • Top with whipped cream.


Calories: 1029kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 1658IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 1mg


Strawberry Mudslide: For a summery, fruity twist, swap the chocolate ice cream with Strawberry Ice Cream. Garnish the finished drink with strawberry slices.

Peanut Butter Chocolate: Use peanut butter ice cream instead of vanilla or add ½ cup peanut butter. Add a melted peanut butter drizzle along with the chocolate syrup and finish with a sprinkle of crushed peanut butter cups over the whipped topping.

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TGI Fridays Mudslide in glass collage with two pictures and with recipe name in blue banner across middle

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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