Festive Snowball Cocktail (just 3 ingredients!)

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A snowball is a retro cocktail with just 3 ingredients, and it’s becoming a household name once again. Creamy and refreshing, it’s the perfect festive drink!

A snowball cocktail with a cinnamon stick.

What do you like to do to get yourself in the Christmas spirit? Put a Christmas movie on? Maybe listen to some Christmas music? Turn on the Christmas lights? Well, I have another solution that will guarantee you immediately feel warm and merry (in more ways than one) – a snowball cocktail! It’s a creamy winter drink made with Advocaat, and it will get you feeling festive from the inside out.

A bottle of Advocaat laying on a festive napkin.

What is Advocaat?

Advocaat is a Dutch alcoholic drink that’s a beautiful creamy yellow colour. It’s not dissimilar from eggnog – it’s traditionally made with brandy and eggs (so unfortunately, Advocaat is not vegan), and it’s got that same thick, rich sweetness.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own homemade Advocaat by whisking the eggs and cooking them over a low heat – I haven’t tried making it myself, but this recipe doesn’t sound too difficult.

Or, you can just buy it in a bottle – Warninks is the most common brand in the UK (get it online* if you can’t find it in the shops!). Obviously this is the option I chose (do you know me at all?).

Shop-bought Advocaat is around 17% alcohol, which is similar to some dessert wines and fortified wines. You can drink it on its own if you want to, but I think it’s nicer mixed up into a snowball cocktail.

Two shots of Advocaat in a glass mug.

What is a snowball cocktail?

A snowball is quite a retro cocktail – they were super popular in the UK in the 1970s. But trends are cyclical, and the snowball is making a comeback in a big way. Apparently Nigella Lawson is a fan, so obviously it must be good!

Just like any good cocktail, a Snowball is seriously easy to make – after you’ve already had a couple, you don’t want to be faffing about with a complicated recipe!

How do you make a snowball cocktail?

As far as cocktails go, a snowball couldn’t really be any simpler – there are only three ingredients. You can mix it up straight in your glass – no shaking, muddling, layering, or any other fancy techniques.

It starts with a couple of shots of Advocaat, mixed with a squeeze of lime juice. Then just fill the glass up with cold, sparkling lemonade. That’s it! It’s so simple, but so delicious. It’s light and fruity, yet rich and creamy at the same time. It actually reminds me of the centre of a fruit cream chocolate, in a weird way!

A snowball cocktail being topped up with lemonade.

How should I serve a snowball?

Snowballs are best made fresh – since there are so few ingredients anyway, it’s no hardship to mix them up individually. You can serve them over ice if you want to, or just use fridge-cold lemonade.

They’re great garnished with a slice of lime or a cherry.

Or, if you want to make it feel that little bit more festive, you can also give the whole thing a stir with a cinnamon stick. Honestly, I don’t think it sounds like lime and cinnamon should work together, but they really do!

How should you store Advocaat?

If you have any Advocaat left over after making your snowball cocktails, you should store the bottle in the fridge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep as long as a lot of other alcoholic drinks – you can’t stick it in the back of the drinks cabinet for 5 years, and expect it to be as good as the day you opened it.

Once the bottle has been opened, you should finish your Advocaat within 6 months – but that shouldn’t be too hard!

A snowball cocktail in a glass mug with a cinnamon stick.

Christmas traditions

It’s always nice to have some kind of wintery drink at Christmas. Often it’s something warm – hot chocolate or mulled wine, for example – but if you prefer a cold drink, a snowball is the answer! The alcohol helps to warm you up inside, and the festive flavour is just perfect to sip while you’re decorating your tree or opening presents.

We’ve made snowballs for a few years running now – they’re our new little Christmas tradition. We have our fair share of Christmas traditions that have come from my family or my husband’s family, but it’s nice to have started some of our own as well (we have a few more child-friendly ones too!). We’ll definitely be making snowballs again next winter.

A snowball cocktail in a glass mug with a cinnamon stick.

Festive Snowball Cocktail

A snowball is a retro cocktail with just 3 ingredients, and it's becoming a household name once again. Creamy and refreshing, it's the perfect festive drink!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 2 shots Advocaat
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Cold sparkling lemonade
  • Cinnamon sticks, for stirring (optional)


  • Add the Advocaat and lime juice to a glass, and mix to combine. Top up the glass with cold sparkling lemonade. Stir with a cinnamon stick if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Festive Snowball Cocktail
Amount Per Serving (1 glass)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 14.9g5%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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  1. Ooooooo snowballs. Absolutely love em. Remember avin them at Christmas evry
    Year frm wen I was about 8 as a special Xmas (secret) treat frm my nan. Its mad, it’s baking outside n now after reading all this I cud n wud love a good ol snowball (or 8, lol) right about now.

  2. I assume your snowball recipe is the UK one. Lovely. But if someone from America is reading this recipe, you should substitute ‘lemonade’ for ‘7up’. American lemonade is a flat lemon squash type drink. Not the same at all. I used to love drinking snowballs back in jolly old England. I’m definitely going to get some tomorrow. Thank you.

  3. I love a Snowball, it’s what my dad always made for my mum at Christmas time – but for more of a kick I make mine with………, wait for it……, a Babycham and if I really want a killer Snowball add a dash of brandy! Cherries are a must to give that extra little something x Try it, it’s delicious 😋 xxx

  4. Never heard of a Snowball (I’m in Australia so our Christmas is in summer) but if you take out the squeeze of lime juice and just have Advocaat with Diet Lemonade it is called a Fluffy Duck. My mum loved them in the 80’s and when I was old enough to drink she made one for me and I fell in love with it. Apart from a Black Russian and a White Russian without the Vodka lol (so Kahlua & Diet Coke/Pepsi Max and Kahlua & Milk) a Fluffy Duck is my favourite alcoholic drink.4 stars

  5. Hi Becca,

    Thanks for the recipe, I remember the first snowball cocktail I had was last year and I miss the drink already, but i don’t know how to make one. Thank you for sharing this cocktail drink.