Adult beverages are always a treat on a beach trip. Probably one of the best-known alcoholic drinks around the Gulf Coast Panhandle is The Bushwacker, a creamy, chocolate piña colada made with rum.
Similar to a Mudslide or a frozen White Russian, you’ll find burly men and prissy women happily sipping the chocolaty spirited rum drink at any bar along the Gulf Coast.
The cocktail was first sold at the Sandshaker Bar in Pensacola Beach in 1975, inspired by the bar’s owner who tasted a similar drink in St. Thomas, bar staff say. It may be the “unofficial drink” of Pensacola since other local bars helped create the Bushwacker Festival in the early ’80s. Capt’n Fun Beach Club has hosted the Famous Bushwacker Music Festival in recent years and will host the Bushwacker 5K run on Aug. 2.
Visitors to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach know the Bushwacker is THE drink to order from the Flora Bama Bar.
In the past the Flora Bama, a restaurant and bar situated on the Alabama-Florida state line, has been the final stop in the Bushwacker Tour — where groups of friends set out in boats and sail from waterside bar to waterside bar sipping Bushwackers along the route.
Bushwacker recipes vary, so you be the judge as to what’s the best.