Snowball cocktail recipe

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A snowball is the perfect Christmas party cocktail - try our version of the advocaat-based favourite. This recipe is easy and delicious!

Snowball cocktail recipe
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories271 Kcal14%
Sugar30.2 g34%
Fat6.4 g9%
Saturated Fat1.5 g8%
Salt0.11 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4.1 g8%
Carbohydrates31.4 g12%
Salt0.11 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This easy to follow Snowball cocktail recipe is the perfect Christmas party cocktail! There are dozens of twists on this advocaat-based favourite, here’s a richer version to help you feel all festive.

This snowball cocktail recipe will take you 5 mins to rustle up and serves one person. Double or triple the amounts for more people. This classic Christmas cocktail is sure to make your Christmas party one to remember (or not!) Flavoured with cognac, lime and lemonade, this week cocktail really does look the part.

This version of the classic Snowball serves it as a short, creamy-tasting cocktail rather than as a fizzy tall drink with lemonade and ice. Try our version first – you can always add more lemonade for your second glass.

Now you've mastered the ultimate party cocktail, why not have a go at making our sloe gin recipe for the perfect party favour to send your guests home with, using our really easy guide, or why not go for a classic and try making our mulled wine recipe!


  • 2 ½ measures advocaat
  • ½ measure cognac
  • ½ fresh lime
  • Cold, sparkling lemonade
  • Two cocktail cherries




  1. For this lovely winter or Christmas cocktail start by chilling the lemonade well in the fridge.
  2. Put a handful of ice into a cocktail shaker. Add the advocaat, cognac and juice from half a lime.
  3. Shake well and strain straight into a martini glass or champagne bowl, before ice has chance to melt and dilute the mixture.
  4. Add just enough cold lemonade to double the liquid in the glass.
  5. Pop a couple of cocktail cherries onto a cocktail stick and use this to stir the drink to mix in the lemonade.
  6. Enjoy!
Top Tip for making Snowball cocktail

Try replacing the cognac with ½ measure vodka or sweet cream sherry and serve in a highball (tall) glass topped up with lemonade.

Decorate with cherries, lime and don't forget those straw umbrellas! Want to make these cocktails extra festive? Dip the rim of the glass in white chocolate and then in dessicated coconut for a snowy finish!

As a cocktail snowball is made with advocaat, it often has a creamy, custard like flavour with a bit of a stronger kick! The lime and lemonade help to keep it sweet and provide a delicious fruity flavour. To mix things up and give the cocktail a little spice some recipes like to include cinnamon, or even marshmallows to be extra festive!

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies