The History of the Bushwacker

The delightful delicacy. The frozen goodness served in a mason jar. And perhaps the item you save some calories out of your diet for. Bushwackers have earned their spot on the Edley’s cocktail menu, and we even dedicate a day of the week for all things `wack.

But where did this piece of heaven come from? And why are we all drooling every time the blender fires up? No worries – this won’t be like your history lecture in college. Short and sweet, in the spirit of Bushwackers everywhere. (Unless you’re more of the tall glass type.)




There’s some dispute about who made the first frozen concoction, but our research tells us that the first U.S. Bushwacker came from a much warmer place. The Sandshaker on Pensacola Beach has sold the drink since 1975, when the owner tasted this “foreign” beverage during a visit to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He returned to Florida, hit the pantry for ingredients, and the rest is history.

As far as the ingredient list goes, the recipe for our beloved Bushwacker varies location to location. One thing is consistent, though – every creator of the drink understands the appreciation for enjoying a milkshake with a grownup twist. Plus, chocolate is a necessity for life.

If you’re now craving a Bushwacker or have never experienced this frozen delight, you may want to stop what you’re doing and go grab one. We know a place where the bartender is ready to serve you one.





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