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Don Pedro Cocktail Recipe

Feb 09, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Don Pedro comes all the way from South Africa, where it is a traditional drink that is either enjoyed as an enjoyable cocktail or even served after dinner as a dessert. It is a scrumptiously frosty cocktail that introduces a delicious and exciting new ingredient into the world of cocktails – soft vanilla ice cream. There are times when an iced cocktail is just a ticket, and nothing sounds more inviting and comforting than a dollop of ice cream that’s filled with booze, to double the relaxation and the pleasure.

This cocktail is a grown up milkshake in a way, and there are variations to the classic recipe out there, with people adding their favourite liqueurs to the soft vanilla ice cream. However, it is classically made with Kahlua, whose coffee flavour blends beautifully with the vanilla notes of the ice cream to create the perfect sweet dessert. Although this drink sounds like it would be a domineering, dark and powerful drink, it is in fact an indulgent summer cocktail that everyone is guaranteed to love.

The Don Pedro cocktail was created in the 1970’s, making it a retro classic. It is ideally served as a sweet ending to a meal, but there are no rules for this one; it can be enjoyed whenever and wherever you start craving a sweet and icy refreshment that has a bonus kick to it.

Here is a recipe for this cocktail.


  • 1 cup high quality soft Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 60 ml Kahlua
  • 60 ml Whisky
  • 3 tablespoons Cream


  1. Add the ice cream to a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Then add the two liqueurs and continue pulsing
  3. Add the cream just before pouring the mixture in a stemmed wine glass
  4. Garnish by grating chocolate over the surface
  5. Add straws before serving


  • Blender
  • Straws
  • Chocolate flakes for garnishing


cream, cocktail, vanilla, ice cream


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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