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.
How to Make the Snowball Cocktail & its Festive Variations
PREP TIME 2 min
Swap the lemonade for Prosecco to make a Snowflake cocktail
Add a measure of vodka to try Nigella’s favourite version of the Snowball
Pairs beautifully with classic canapes like mini sausage rolls
Add the advocaat and lime juice to a glass, and mix to combine
Top off the glass with cold, sparkling lemonade
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.
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.
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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