How To Make A Snowball Drink

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Learn how to make a Snowball drink and other Christmas cocktails in this blog post! These cocktails are classic for a reason and the festive season! So eat, drink and be merry with these Christmas cocktail recipes – cheers!

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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How To Make A Snowball Drink

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I’ve often mentioned that I grew up living in a pub, and when I was old enough I worked behind the bar.

This time of year is when the orders for Snowballs would come through from the restaurant, and my dad taught me how to make this classic Christmas cocktail.

When it comes to my bartending skills, I learned from the best! The bar was my domain, and I do miss it from time to time!

I was sent a bottle of Warninks Advocaat – which is synonymous with the infamous Snowball drink – and I’m looking forward to a few cheeky cocktails this Christmas!

The iconic bottle filled is filled with a custard yellow liqueur made with eggs, sugar, and brandy.

Warninks Advocaat Snowball Flight
Advocaat Snowball Flight

“Advocaat is a traditional Dutch beverage, and is the Dutch word for “lawyer”. It is short for advocatenborrel, or “lawyer’s drink”, where borrel is Dutch for a small alcoholic beverage consumed slowly during a social gathering. According to the 1882 edition of the Dictionary of the Dutch Language, advocatenborrel was “so named as a good lubricant for the throat, and thus considered especially useful for a lawyer, who must speak in public.” Thank you, Wikipedia!

You don’t need any special cocktail making equipment to make a snowball drink, just a glass and something to stir with.

And honestly, for me, a Snowball isn’t a Snowball without a maraschino cherry on a stick! You could add a wedge of lime too.

Glasses of Snowball Drink
Learn how to make a Snowball and other Christmas cocktails! These cocktails are classic for a reason and the festive season! So eat, drink and be merry with these Christmas cocktail recipes! Cheers!

Classic Snowball Drink

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Ice cubes
  • 2 parts Warninks Advocaat
  • 1 part lime cordial
  • Lemonade
  • Mmaraschino cherry for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add the Warninks Advocaat and lime cordial and stir.
  3. Top up with lemonade.
  4. Add a cherry on a stick for garnish.


To make a big batch of this cocktail, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct. Just follow the recipe above.

If you prefer measurements for this drink, to make 1 use:

  • 1oz/25ml lime cordial
  • 2oz/50ml Warnicks Advocaat
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 34gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g

This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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Snowball Drink Variations


Makes one drink
• 1 part brandy
• 1 part advocaat
• whipped cream
• ground cinnamon

1. Pour the brandy into a glass mug.
2. Warm the advocaat in a small saucepan until hot, but not boiling.
3. Slowly add to the brandy, stirring to combine well.
4. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream, and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Bombardino is a drink popular in Italy during the Winter, especially in the ski resorts. Its translations is “the bomb”!
You can make a variations of this cocktail: replace the brandy with rum to make a Pirata; replace the brandy with whisky to make a Scozzese; add 1 part espresso to the original recipe to make a Calimero. 

Saint Nick Cocktail

Fluffy Duck (Rum Based version)

Makes one drink
• 1 part advocaat
• 1 part white rum
• 1/3 part double cream
• strawberry for garnish

1. Pour the advocaat and white rum into a glass with ice
2. Float the cream on top.
3. Garnish with strawberry.

Tip! Shake the cream well, then place a spoon against the edge of the glass, and just touching the liqueur. Pour the cream slowly to float.

Fluffy Duck (Gin based version)

Makes one drink
• 1 part advocaat
• 1 part gin
• ½ part orange liqueur
• orange juice
• soda water
• slice orange and cherry to garnish (optional)

1. Add the advocaat, gin, and orange liqueur to a tall glass with ice.
2. Add orange juice until glass is about 2/3 full.
3. Stir.
4. Top up with soda water.
5. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Make It A Meal!

The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Here are my suggestions!

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Garland Cocktail

If you are in London, you could pay a visit to Original Sin in Stoke Newington where they are serving a Snowball Flight for £14. Each drink is Christmas in a glass!

The Snowflake features Warninks mixed with gin, maraschino liqueur, and topped with cava and lemon juice. This sparkling cocktail is a lighter rendition of the classic and an ideal contender for pre-dinner tipples or New Year’s cheers.

Up next is the Garland made using Warninks, amontillado sherry, spiced rum, topped with ginger ale and garnished with candied ginger. Advocaat, along with notes of raisin and nut from the rum and the sherry, creates a Christmas pudding flavour with added ginger ale for that underlying spice – it’s Christmas cake in a glass.

Finally, warm those cockles with something hot. Enjoy the Saint Nick, a delicious blend of Warninks, Calvados, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, topped with mulled Breton cider, a Christmas cinnamon rim and garnished with a zesty orange disc. A collision of two classic wintery drinks; the Saint Nick is the classic Snowball meets mulled cider, sure to be this year’s go-to toasty tipple.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of Christmas cocktails – I know there are others I could add – like Mulled Wine, Mulled Cider, Hot Toddy, and more – but they’ll be for another time!

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