How to Make the Snowball Cocktail & its Festive Variations

PREP TIME 2 min

Cocktail Type

Brandy

Great for

Christmas

Difficulty

Easy

snowball cocktail

If you love serving a pretty drink around the holidays, the retro Snowball cocktail is going to be right up your garland-strung alley! Here is our short, simple, and snappy recipe for this festive cocktail that combines the cosy flavours of advocaat with the joyful sparkles of lemonade.  

QUICK TIPS

01

Swap the lemonade for Prosecco to make a Snowflake cocktail

02

Add a measure of vodka to try Nigella’s favourite version of the Snowball

03

Pairs beautifully with classic canapes like mini sausage rolls

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

3 Oz

90 Ml

3 Parts

advocaat
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

fresh lime juice
Sparkling lemonade to top off each drink
To garnish, a cinnamon stick for stirring

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Add the advocaat and lime juice to a glass, and mix to combine

02

Top off the glass with cold, sparkling lemonade

03

Serve with a cinnamon stick to stir, if preferred

How to serve a Snowball cocktail

The Snowball cocktail can easily be dressed up or down according to your preferences. Some folks like to serve it with a classic cocktail cherry, while others add a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon on top. In fact, you could even use a stencil to create a festive-themed shape like a bell or a star when you do so.  

On the other hand, you can also push out the boat and try all sorts of fun cocktail garnish ideas. Bake some gingerbread cookies in festive shapes and make a little slit on the one side so you can slip it onto the rim of a cocktail glass easily. Or how about stirring in some drinks glitter to add a little sparkle? Get creative and put your own spin on it! 

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Snowball recipe variations

As all fantastic cocktails are wont to do, the Snowball has inspired quite a few tasty spinoffs over the years. This includes:  

Snowball cocktail with vodka

The Snowball cocktail with vodka is also called the Snowball in Heaven, and comes to us via the always gorgeous Nigella Lawson. It combines a ratio of two parts vodka to one part advocaat, a splash of lemonade and if desired, a spritz of lime or lemon juice. 

Snowflake cocktail

The Snowflake is the ideal riff on the Snowball to try if you love all things Prosecco. It’s a little more on the boozy end of the spectrum, but quite festive thanks to the fact that you use Prosecco to top off the advocaat instead of lemonade.  

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Snowball cocktail with bitter lemon

This version of the Snowball cocktail swaps features lemon juice instead of lime, and bitter lemon instead of lemonade. Delicious and wintery to the core, with plenty of zest for extra cheer.  

More of our favourite Christmas Cocktails to try

If the Snowball cocktail recipe has got you giddy with excitement for the holidays, we are very happy to reveal that there are plenty of amazing Christmas cocktails where this came from! Here are a few popular ones to try: 

Eggnog Martini cocktail

The Eggnog Martini plays in the same sweet, creamy space as the Snowball, but adds a vanilla vodka and amaretto twist. As far as the best vodka Christmas cocktails go, this one is packed with sweet and indulgent holiday cheer. You absolutely have to try it.   

Hot Apple Cider cocktail

The Hot Apple Cider cocktail combines the smokiness of a good whisky with the sweetness of honey, the tartness of warmed apple cider, and just a hint of apple pie spice. In short – it’s a big old festive hug in a mug.  

Winter Manhattan

In the mood for something smoother that still has a hint of Christmas in the mix? Try the Winter Manhattan! This delightful riff on the classic Manhattan adds sour apple liqueur to the equation and is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Snowball cocktail walks the gorgeous olfactory tightrope between creamy and sparkly, bringing plenty of rich flavours to the party while still being light, frothy, and very easy to sip around the fireplace.