Some people like to have dessert after dinner, while others prefer to have an after-dinner cocktail, but a tumbleweed cocktail might be the best choice for those who can’t decide. This creamy alcoholic beverage combines ice cream with coffee-flavored liqueur or your choice of other sweet liqueur flavors such as mocha, hazelnut and vanilla. You can make just enough to serve a few drinks or make a large batch that can be kept in the freezer and consumed one glass at a time.

Things You'll Need

Scoop vanilla ice cream into a blender or a large mixing bowl if you prefer to make a large batch. The amount of ice cream is up to you, but as a general rule, you’ll need one scoop of ice cream to fill one mug.

Add coffee-flavored liqueur, hazelnut liqueur and white or dark creme de cacao to taste. The exact ratio of each ingredient depends entirely on taste, but as a basic rule, you’ll need about 1/2 cup of coffee liqueur for every one scoop of ice cream and 1/2 ounce of creme de cacao of hazelnut liqueur.

Blend the ingredients until you achieve a milkshake consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add more liqueur or cream to thin the ice cream.

Serve the tumbleweeds in a chilled mug and top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, if desired.


  • Practically every bartender has his own way of mixing a tumbleweed so there’s really no way to get it wrong. You might prefer your drink stronger or with less alcohol, so add the liqueur a little at a time until you find what you like best. If you don’t like one of the liqueur flavors, simply leave it out and add more of the flavors you like. Ice cream can be omitted, if desired, and replaced with milk or heavy cream.

  • If you want to change the drink up a bit, you might add brandy to give the drink some warmth or creme de menthe for a minty flavor.