Frosty the Snowman – Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail

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This Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail called Frosty the Snowman is a delicious holiday drink that will delight all who sip it!

The combination of vanilla rum, blue curaçao, and peppermint schnapps is a taste sensation, and the crushed candy-cane glass rim is a real festive treat!

Check out our list of amazing Christmas Cocktail Recipes to get you in the spirit!

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Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail

While you may prefer to skip to the recipe card, we suggest reading the entire blog post to avoid missing valuable tips and substitution suggestions and to ensure you have the necessary ingredients, equipment, and understanding of the steps and timings.

You can’t have a party without a cocktail or two, so this holiday season, why not make our Frosty the Snowman your signature drink!

The peppermint schnapps give a touch of cold while the rum warms you through – it’s an unusual yet delicious drink, that’s for sure!

Make an individual glass of this blue cocktail or a big batch to serve at a gathering. We’ll tell you how in the variations section of this post, including how to make a non-alcoholic mocktail version.

Ingredients Used In This Festive Cocktail

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  • Peppermint Schnapps or Liqueur you want a clear liquid, so Creme de Menthe (green!) isn’t suitable.
  • Vanilla Rumif you have problems sourcing this, you could use spiced or coconut rum.
  • Blue Curaçaoan orange-flavored, blue liqueur that gives this cocktail a frosty color!
  • Lemon-Lime Sodasuch as Sprite or 7 UP.
  • Maraschino Cherriesfor garnish
  • Simple Syrup for rimming the glass, see below for how to make it! You can also use Light Corn Syrup for this task.
  • Candy Canescrushed to stick to the rim of the glass

This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker—use a container with a tight-fitting lid—such as a mason jar or a blender/smoothie maker cup.

How Do You Make Simple Syrup for Cocktails?

Simple syrup is easy to make—the clue is in the name! It is simply a mixture of sugar and water.

You can make it by heating equal amounts of water and sugar over a low heat until dissolved. Alternatively, you can just place the sugar and water into a gar with a lid and shake until disolved. Both are simple – do whichever suits you!

And if you don’t want to make simple syrup, you can buy ready-made sugar syrup in bottles.

Crushed Candy Cane Rimmed Glasses

As a pretty and delicious extra, you can add crushed candy canes to the rim of the glass.

Place some candy canes in a plastic food bag and seal shut. Use a rolling pin or meat tenderizer mallet to smash the candy into small pieces. Pour into a shallow dish.

Pour some simple syrup into another shallow dish. Roll the rim of the glass in the syrup and then dip the glass straight down into the crushed candy canes. Set aside while you make your rum and peppermint schnapps cocktail!

You can actually buy cocktail-rimming dishes online (there is a gadget for everything!) but a small plate or saucer will work just fine.

More Cocktails To Make

Want to make more festive cocktails? Try these:

Frosty the Snowman Cocktail - Vanilla Rum, Peppermint Schanpps, Blue Curaçao and Sprite.

Frosty the Snowman Cocktail Variations

Virgin Frosty the Snowman Mocktail (non-alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy a glass of this Frosty the Snowman drink, we’re going to remove the booze and replace some of the alcoholic elements with flavored syrups.

We love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.

To make a Frosty the Snowman Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but use the following syrup suggestions in place of the alcohol:

We recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic spirits.

For kids, keep it really simple for them – use some blue food coloring to add color to the soda and pour it into a glass filled with ice and rimmed with crushed candy canes like the adult version.

Frozen Snowman

Want to turn this cocktail into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. You can do the same with the mocktail version too.

Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!

Frosty the Snowman Party Punch

Want to make this peppermint-flavored cocktail for a crowd? It’s so easy! Here’s how to do it!

If you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct, and you can make as much as you need to.

Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers, or pitchers, or go retro and serve it from a punch bowl!

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving container of choice to keep the cocktail chilled.

You could rim all the glasses with candy canes if you like too – it’s quite a quick process! Place them in the bar/serving area, along with a filled ice bucket, garnishes, and cocktail decorations if suitable.

For garnish, why not provide candy cane to use as stirrers?

To make a big batch of Frosty the Snowman Party Punch, mix together:

  • 2 parts Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 parts Vanilla Rum
  • 2 parts Blue Curaçao
  • 10 parts Lemon-Lime Soda
Frosty the Snowman Cocktail

This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

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Frosty the Snowman Cocktail

Michelle Ordever
This Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail called Frosty the Snowman is a delicious holiday drink that is sure to delight all who sip it!
4.39 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 615 kcal


  • 2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • Ice
  • 10 oz Sprite or other Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Maraschino Cherry for garnish, optional

For Glass Rim

  • Simple Syrup
  • Candy Cane crushed


  • Pour some simple syrup into a shallow dish, and the crushed candy canes into another dish.
  • Roll the rim of the glasses into syrup and then dip them into the crushed candy canes. Set aside.
  • Place the peppermint schnapps, vanilla rum, and blue curaçao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until combined.
  • Pour into candy cane glasses filled with ice cubes and top up with Sprite.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry if using.
  • Enjoy and Happy Holidays!



Serving: 1 | Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Sodium: 23mg | Sugar: 108g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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