Cocktail recipes are merely templates upon which bartenders impose their own ideas of ratios and ingredients. So, it’s no surprise that many of the most popular cocktails are those which have been “improved upon” from the original version. The story of the Bushwhacker goes back to 1975 and the era of the Fern Bar. Apparently Linda Murphy, the owner of the Pensacola Sandshaker Beach Bar had vacationed in St. Thomas and discovered the drink at the Sapphire Beach Village. She then tried to recreate it once back home. It proved to be an instant hit, so much so that only eleven years later the first annual Bushwhacker Festival was held. It continues to this day.
All that being said, this is very much the love child of the White Russian. Think of it as a liquid candy bar.
0.5oz coffee liqueur
0.5oz light rum
0.5oz Irish cream liqueur
Shake with ice. Pour into ice-filled old-fashioned glass.