Soothingly sweet, deliciously creamy and fantastically festive, A Winter Snowflake is the ideal Christmas cocktail for keeping out the winter chills and getting into the spirit of the season. Keep it simple and make the basic warm winter cocktail or go all out and top it with light-as-air whipped cream and beautifully-smelling ground cinnamon. Go on, it's Christmas and you deserve it!
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's the perfect Christmas cocktail to sip while shopping online, wrapping gifts, or writing out Christmas cards.
- You can make a single winter snowflake just for you or take things up a level and make a giant batch of this amazing Christmas cocktail recipe to serve a crowd.
- It's super versatile. You can swap out the alcohol, white chocolate, and milk for alternatives to really personalise the recipe to suit your taste buds.
When you use the ingredients indicated in the recipe card, this amazing Christmas cocktail comes in at around 200 calories. That's not bad for something that tastes like a decadent dessert!
If you want to lower the calorie count, try using only 1 ounce of Bailey's Irish Cream. This will make the Christmas cocktail around 140 calories instead.
You can also consider omitting the whipped cream. Because there's really not much to it, whipped cream is surprisingly low in calories. It's only around 30 calories per tablespoon. But if you're trying to cut down everywhere you can, it's worth passing on it.
- White chocolate chips: You can make this snowflake cocktail with cheap grocery store white chocolate or fancy gourmet stuff - whatever you have to hand. But be warned: if you try this cocktail with Lindt white chocolate, you'll never want it any other way!
- Caramel sauce: Gives the Christmas cocktail a wonderfully smooth and sweet taste. The Ghirardelli caramel sauce is amazing.
- Vanilla extract: Adds another festive hit of sweetness. If you don't have any vanilla extract, feel free to leave it out.
- Milk: I use skim milk to make this because it's got the least calories per serving. But feel free to use what you've got on hand.
- Whipped cream: Whipped cream is the must-have topping for every warm Christmas cocktail!
- Ground cinnamon: A gentle dusting of ground cinnamon is a great way to make this cocktail even more festive.
Tips for making a big batch of A Winter Snowflake cocktail
The recipe below includes the quantities you need to make a single serving of this Baileys cocktail. You can easily double the quantities to make two servings. But if you're having a Christmas party and want to serve this winter cocktail to your guests, there's no way you're going to have time to make individual servings of it, right?
One of my readers asked if it would be possible to make up a huge batch of A Winter Snowflake cocktail and it definitely is. Simply multiply the quantities by however many guests you're expecting to serve. Might as well go and throw a few extra servings in. People will definitely want seconds!
Stir everything together in the slow cooker and leave it on 'low' until it's all gone. Because the white winter cocktail contains so much dairy, I recommend you prepare it only an hour or so before the party. Don't forget to make sure all the ingredients have thoroughly melted before serving it, too.
If you're short on time and don't think everything will have time to melt before your guests arrive, take a shortcut. Add all the ingredients into a big bowl and microwave it until they're all melted. Then pour it into the slow cooker, give everything a stir and set the slow cooker onto 'low'.
So you can spend more time mingling at your party, set out a ladle and a load of mugs so people can help themselves. Setting a can of whipped cream and some ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, and chocolate sprinkles next to the slow cooker is a great idea, too. Let people serve themselves and customise their own Baileys cocktails!
Substitutions and variations
- White chocolate chips: If you don't have white chocolate chips, you can chop up a couple squares of regular white chocolate.
- Milk: You can use any type of milk at all, from full-fat, semi-skimmed, and skimmed, to almond milk, coconut milk, and oat milk. Be aware that using a non-dairy milk will change the taste of this Christmas cocktail.
- Bailey's Irish Cream: Don't like Baileys? There are things you can substitute it with. Kahlua, caramel vodka, whipped cream vodka, and chocolate liqueur all work really well.
Bailey's Irish Cream! I love using Baileys to make winter cocktails. There's just something about its smooth, creamy taste that's so comforting at this time of year. Mix it with some milk, chocolate and caramel before heating it up and you've got yourself an amazing Christmas cocktail you can snuggle up with.
If you're worried about getting super giggly after a single glass of this Baileys cocktail, you really don't need to be. There isn't much alcohol in it. One serving only contains 2 fluid ounces of Bailey's and Bailey's is only 17% alcohol. That means you can safely enjoy a mug of this white winter cocktail while you write out your Christmas cards or wrap presents.
But beware. If you have another and another, you might find your Christmas cards filling up with inappropriate jokes and your gift wrapping becoming more and more creative. Best stick on a silly Christmas film instead and find yourself laughing uncontrollably at jokes no one else thinks are even the slightest bit funny.
More hot chocolate recipes
When you break it down, this Christmas cocktail is essentially a fancy hot chocolate. If you're a big fan of fancy hot chocolate, here are some other recipes I'm sure you'll love:
More Christmas cocktail recipes
Or if you'd prefer something a little more alcoholic, check out these other Christmas cocktail recipes:
The Best Christmas Cocktail: A Winter Snowflake
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup skim milk (you can also use non-dairy milk)
- 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
- optional: whipped cream and ground cinnamon for topping
- Stir the chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk and Baileys together in a microwave-safe mug or glass. Heat in the microwave for 60-90 seconds until piping hot.
- Remove from the microwave and stir to make sure all the chocolate and caramel has thoroughly melted. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon (if using) and enjoy!