How to bring the beach to Birmingham this summer with Bushwacker Spirits [VIDEO]


Bushwacker Spirits - Jess and Tira
Cheers! (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

Looking for the perfect way to enjoy all of the good vibes of summer… without needing to pack up your car and head to the beach? We’ve got ya covered with the ideal summer drink: Bushwacker Spirits. This Alabama-founded drink tastes like the “beach in a bottle”, so we’re sharing three ways YOU can bring the beach to Birmingham with Bushwacker Spirits.

Bringing the beach to Birmingham one bottle at a time 🌴

If you still haven’t gotten your hands on a bottle of Bushwacker, get ready to change your summer for the better. Bushwackers are a frozen cocktail with cream, chocolate and coconut… AKA the perfect tropical drink for sitting poolside or beachside.

But what if you’re not making the trek to the shore this summer and you don’t want to spend the time buying everything needed for a Bushwacker? We’re talking fresh ingredients, multiple liquors, ice and a blender… which some of us may or may not own. There’s an easier solution.

Alabama locals Carter Echols and Michael Smith founded Bushwacker Spirits to make a shelf-stable product with Caribbean Rum, real dairy cream, natural coconut, coffee and chocolate flavors. Their goal? To bring the taste of the beach to you!

This “Beach in a Bottle” truly bottles the taste of summer.

Find Bushwacker Spirits in a store near you.

3 ways to bring the beach to Birmingham this summer

1. Enjoy your Bushwacker over ice at home

Bushwacker Spirits over ice
Introducing your new go-to summer cocktail! (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

You don’t need to go far to get those tropical beach vibes at home. You can find Bushwacker Spirits in multiple Alabama liquor stores to enjoy in the comfort of your own air-conditioning. Get the full list and map here.

Once you have your Bushwacker, it’s as simple as serving over ice. Want to switch up your drink? You can also enjoy it in tons of recipes, like the one we’re spilling below…

2. Make a cocktail with fresh fruit from a local farmer’s market

Anyone else grabbing all the strawberries they can this season? Head to a local farmer’s market like the Market at Pepper Place on Saturday mornings to buy fresh strawberries, then turn them into a fantastic summer cocktail, courtesy of Bushwacker Spirits.

Strawberry Cream Bushwacker Cocktail

Recipe from Bushwacker Spirits


  • 3 oz Bushwacker
  • 1 oz strawberry puree (blended pint of strawberries + 1/4 cup of sugar)
  • whipped cream + berries for garnishing


  • Pour Bushwacker over crushed ice, or shake and strain over ice.
  • Top with strawberry puree.
  • Garnish with whipped cream + berries.

3. Sip on a Bushwacker cocktail at a Bham bar

Bushwacker at MELT
Coconut, coffee + chocolate goodness. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Love a good cocktail, but wish someone would not only make it, but also serve it to you on a summer platter? Turn that summer dreamin’ into a reality. You can find Bushwacker spirits featured in cocktails at local restaurants like MELT Avondale, which has a fantastic frozen version on the menu.

Want more recipe ideas? Check out Bushwacker Spirits’ website for more. And, of course, always enjoy responsibly!

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