Snowball Cocktail

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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 cozy flavors of advocaat with the joyful sparkles of lemonade.  



Swap the lemonade for Prosecco to make a Snowflake cocktail


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


Pairs beautifully with classic canapes like mini sausage rolls



1 Person

3 Oz

90 Ml

3 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

fresh lime juice
2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

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



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

What is advocaat?  

Advocaat, also called advocatenborrel, is a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage that brings together the richness of eggs, sugar, and brandy. Since the recipe for this drink uses only egg yolks, it has a very distinctive yellow color.  

There are similarities between advocaat and eggnog, but advocaat has a much richer taste, and is always alcoholic, whereas eggnog doesn’t always need to be. 

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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More of our favorite 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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Advocaat, also called advocatenborrel, is a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage that brings together the richness of eggs, sugar, and brandy.

The Snowball cocktail gets its name thanks to the dome of frothy white foam that gathers at the top of the drink – which occurs when you mix the creamy and sparkly ingredients together.