How to make a snowball drink

Give this quick and creamy festive beverage a try

Snowball drink

by Emily Gilbert |

A snowball drink is a cocktail-must at Christmas, and the combination of Advocaat, lime juice and sparkling lemonade brings a refreshing, creamy flare to any festive party. You might also want to enjoy this cocktail with puff pastry mince pies, a warm sticky toffee pudding, or simply just enjoy on its own.

Traditionally a snowball drink is rich and creamy and made from eggs, sugar, and brandy. Don't worry, you don't need to start cracking eggs though as all the hard work has been done for you, thanks to a bottle of Advocaat, which can be picked up at most supermarkets.

Why is a snowball cocktail called a snowball?

Originally the snowball recipe was created in Britain in the 1940s and contained brandy, which helped cut through the sweet ingredients in the mix. In the 1970s the snowball cocktail became more popular when people started leaving out the brandy to really enjoy the sweet flavours.

This drink has remained popular thanks to its taste and the fact that it's fairly inexpensive to make. The drink itself gets the 'snowball' name because of the dome of frothy white foam, which occurs at the top of the drink when ingredients are mixed together.

What are the ingredients for a snowball drink cocktail?

10-15ml lime juice or lime cordial, (optional)

50ml Advocaat

50ml sparkling lemonade

Ice, to serve

1 maraschino cherry

How to make a snowball drink

This is a very easy cocktail to make, and the classic snowball recipe comprises for two steps.

Step 1: Fill a glass with ice and if using, add up to 15ml of lime juice or lime cordial (or to your taste). Pour the Advocaat and lemonade over the ice and stir gently until the outside of the glass feels cold.

Step 2: Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

If you want to watch how the snowball cocktail is made watch this YouTube video with Steve the Barman who shows you three recipes, to really get you into the festive mood.

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