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The Colorado Bulldog drink is a wonderfully flavored creamy co*cktail based on a classic White Russian – with a little something extra. If you like Kahlua, you will enjoy this one!

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What makes a Colorado Bulldog so good?

The Colorado Bulldog co*cktail is flavorful because of the combination of its ingredients.

The vodka provides a neutral base, while the Kahlúa and milk add a creamy, sweet flavor. The cola balances the sweetness and provides a touch of caffeine. Combining these ingredients results in a smooth, creamy, slightly sweet co*cktail that is easy to drink.

Why you should try this recipe

This Colorado Bulldog co*cktail recipe is a White Russian with a fizzy twist! A White Russian co*cktail is made of vodka, Kahlua, milk, and Coca-Cola. If you enjoy Long Island Iced tea, this co*cktail is for you!

This Colorado Bulldog recipe is a copycat version of the dessert co*cktail served at Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall.

Colorado Bulldog co*cktail origin

The exact origin of the Colorado Bulldog co*cktail is unknown. However, it is believed to have been inspired by the Long Island Iced Tea, a classic co*cktail made with vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and triple sec, mixed with cola and lemon juice.

The Colorado Bulldog is similar in ingredients, but with the addition of Kahlúa and Bailey’s Irish Cream to create a creamier, sweeter drink. It is thought to have emerged as a popular co*cktail in the 1980s and 1990s and remains a popular choice in bars and restaurants.

Colorado Bulldog recipe ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need for this unique co*cktail:

  • Kahlua Coffee Liqueur – for sweetness
  • Regular Vodka – this is your base spirit
  • Milk – you can switch the milk for light cream (half and half), heavy cream, or you could swap this for Bailey’s
  • Coca-Cola – a splash of cola adds carbonation and caffeine
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How to Make a Colorado Bulldog

  1. Pour Kahlua and Vodka over ice in a co*cktail shaker. Shake well.
  2. Add milk and cola.
  3. Stir, then pour it into an old-fashioned glass and serve.

You can also enjoy your Colorado Bulldog dessert co*cktail in a highball glass if you’d prefer.

Add a pop of color with a maraschino cherry garnish.

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What does Coca-Cola do for a Colorado Bulldog?

Adding a small splash of Coca-Cola gives the Colorado Bulldog drink a bit of fizz. In effect, it ramps up a White Russian.

The fizz turns what was often served as an after-dinner drink into a sweet drink accessible anytime you want to enjoy one.

The splash of cola also gives this drink a special taste. You’d never guess the secret is familiar, everyday Coca-Cola.

What is Kahlua?

Go to any bar, and you’ll find a bottle of Kahlua. That’s because it’s one of the world’s most popular coffee liqueurs. However, very few people know that Kahlua, a key ingredient in a White Russian co*cktail, originates from Mexico.

Kahlua is a beautiful combination of coffee, rum, corn syrup, and vanilla beans (another traditional Mexican ingredient). It’s a sweet, rich, coffee-flavored liqueur perfect for an after-dinner drink. Learn how to make homemade Kahlua.

You are missing out on a White Russian variation if you have never tried the Colorado Bulldog drink. A Colorado Bulldog is a creamy co*cktail like no other and one worth whipping up the next time you’re craving a decadently sweet drink that’s as simple as it is tasty.

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  • Mountain Dew Margarita
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Colorado Bulldog Drink

Colorado Bulldog is a rich and creamy co*cktail with a little fizz. If you like a White Russian, you'll enjoy this drink too.

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Keyword: co*cktail, Colorado Bulldog Drink, Colorado Bulldog Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 1

Calories: 439kcal

Author: Stephanie Manley


  • 2 ounces Kahlua
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 6 ounces Milk half and half is preferred.
  • 1 ounce Coca-Cola


  • Pour Kahlua and Vodka over ice in a co*cktail shaker. Shake well.

  • Add milk and cola. Stir and pour into a glass.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 224mg | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Calcium: 192mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Patsy

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    OMGosh!!! My ALLTIME favorite drink! Being form central/south Texas I use Tequila as alcohol of choice! DELISH!!!


  2. Jano Dornisch

    I make these at home all the time…..except we call them Smith and Wesson……if you don’t use the vodka with it, then it’s a Smith and Kerns. They are so delicious. They even taste good with co*ke Zero (after drinking them for years with real co*ke I was very afraid!) 🙂


    • Jano Dornisch

      oops……we don’t use milk…….it has to be 1/2 & 1/2……. 🙂


  3. Mary

    White Russian:

    2 oz. Vodka
    2 oz. Kahlua
    2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
    Half and Half

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so good!
    My sister got me hooked on these. The first time I went to the liquor store to pick up the 3 liquors, (and I bought a cheaper Vodka) I almost croaked! $38 for the 3 liquors! And I bought them in Wisconsin, the liquor capital of the USA! If anyone goes to Mexico, pick up Kahlua there… it’s a lot cheaper!


    • Stephanie

      I think that is a mudslide, and those are fantastic too!


  4. Stefanie

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    Delicious! I put a few drops of Hershey’s syrup as well. I did not turn it into chocolate milk, we’re talking literally a few drops. Fantastic~! Thank you for this recipe!


    • Stephanie

      I am glad you enjoyed it!


  5. Carol Liedke

    As a former bartender, using milk instead of half & half is totally UNACCEPTABLE! When a bar uses milk, they are only trying to save money. Sad.


  6. Ted

    Colorado Bulldog Drink Recipe - CopyKat Recipes (8)
    I have tried these before in bars, but I had no idea what was in them. Thank you for the recipe.


  7. Lori Oxley

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    Think I would prefer half & half as well for the Colorado Bulldog ????


  8. Jody dorman

    i prefer crown royal instead of vodka in colorado bulldogs it’s stronger and just as smooth


    • Steve Dave

      Crown Royal is 40% ABV, the same as vodka, so no difference in strength.


  9. Chuck

    Nice… I think a Colorado bull dog is best when it’s not stirred or shaken too much. Let the different flavors drift around while you drink and get stronger as you get to the bottom of the glass.


  10. Anonymous

    using 1/2 and 1/2 is even better than just plain milk


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Colorado Bulldog Drink Recipe - CopyKat Recipes (2024)


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A Colorado Bulldog is a vodka co*cktail made with coffee liqueur, cola, and a splash of cool cream.

What is the difference between a White Russian and a Colorado Bulldog drink? ›

Differences Between the Colorado Bulldog and the White Russian. Topping the drink with cola is the main difference between these two very popular bar drinks. You'll also notice that the Colorado Bulldog pours equal amounts of vodka and coffee liqueur (often Kahlúa), while the White Russian prefers a 2:1 ratio.

Who invented the Colorado Bulldog drink? ›

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There are two believed origins of the Colorado Bulldog, either the late 1990s in Colorado or in Russia during the 19th or 20th century. The original Colorado Bulldog recipe called for vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream, but over the years, many variations have been created.

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The Mudslide is another creamy co*cktail that echoes the spirit of a White Russian. It's made with vodka, coffee, and Irish cream, creating a creamy and sweet drink. Often served with a swirl of chocolate syrup and sometimes even a scoop of ice cream, the mudslide is a dessert in a glass.

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A Colorado Bulldog is a variation of the Black Russian that is comprised of equal parts vodka, Kahlua, and Cream, which is then poured over ice and topped with Cola. A Black Magic co*cktail is similar to the Black Russian. It's made by combining 1 ounce of vodka, Kahlua, and 1/3 ounce of lemon juice served over ice.

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It may look like a White Russian, but the Colorado Bulldog packs a bubbly extra treat. Made with the signature vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream, the Colorado Bulldog adds a splash of co*ke.

Why did my Colorado Bulldog curdle? ›

The cream in the Colorado Bulldog drink may curdle when you add cola. Curdling is due to the citric acid in the cola. You can attempt to prevent the curdling by adding the cola slowly and avoiding adding too much. However, if the drink curdles, not to worry, it's not a big deal; just stir it.

Does Kahlúa need to be refrigerated? ›

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Cream liqueurs are also delicious served alone on the rocks. The carbondioxide in the cola will react with the cream in the baileys, this results in the cream solidifying in your stomach which can suffocate you in high quantities.

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What co*cktail is made from vodka and Kahlua? ›

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What can you substitute for Kahlua in a White Russian? ›

Kahlua substitutes: Try swapping out the coffee liqueur with crème de cacao or amaretto. Vodka Substitutes: The vodka can be swapped for gin, bourbon or dark rum. Make a White Russian with Bailey's Irish Cream: Swap the cream for Irish cream.

Can you make White Russian without Kahlua? ›

Kahlua is what makes it a white Russian, but if you substituted another coffee liqueur, it would still be considered a white Russian. You might be able to substitute with a shot of espresso, but you'll have to add some sweetener because Kahlua is sweet.

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The American Masti-Bull is an American made hybrid dog that is a cross between an American Bulldog and a Mastiff, also known as the English Mastiff. This hybrid breed is also known as the American Bandogge Mastiff, a term which can get a little confusing.

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