Wonderfully sweet, deliciously creamy and perfectly festive, a Winter Snowflake is the ideal Christmas cocktail for keeping out the winter chillies and getting into the spirit of the season. Keep it simple and make the basic version or go all out and top it with light-as-air whipped cream and beautifully-smelling cinnamon. Go on, it’s Christmas and you deserve it!
For some people, the best part about Christmas is hosting fancy dinner parties with multi-course gourmet meals, cheesy Christmas music and lots of festive small talk. For others (ahem, me) Christmas is more about cuddling up in fuzzy pyjamas, watching as many Christmas films as you can before the big day and doing loads of Christmas crafts that never look anything like you wanted them to. (Oh Pinterest, why do you tease me so?)
Whichever kind of person you are, this Christmas cocktail is for you! If you’re the party hosting sort, you can serve this winter cocktail to your guests. (Just be prepared for everyone to beg you for the recipe!) And if you’re the stay at home sort, you can serve it to yourself. Win-win right?
Extra tip: If you are the party hosting sort, I’ve got a great time-saving tip for you. A Winter Snowflake is one of those Christmas cocktails you can make in advance and keep warm in the slow cooker! So all you’ve got to do is prepare a great big batch of it before your party, leave it in your slow cooker next to mugs and a ladle, and let everyone help themselves. It’s so easy!
If you break it down, this winter cocktail is essentially a fancy hot chocolate. I love making weird and wonderful hot chocolates at this time of year. My favourite is the Mars hot chocolate which is literally milk + cocoa powder + melted Mars bar. I’m also fond of this pumpkin spice white hot chocolate and salted caramel hot chocolate. YUM! They’re not exactly healthy, but hey – it’s Christmas!
When it comes to hot chocolate, white chocolate gets seriously overlooked. This is why I’ve used it as the star in this Christmas cocktail. Unlike milk and dark chocolate, white chocolate has a stunning vanilla aroma which works marvellously with the caramel and Baileys in this recipe to create a smooth and creamy nighttime drink you won’t be able to get enough of.
If you’re not a big drinker, I bet you’ll still love this winter cocktail. There really isn’t much alcohol in it. One serving only contains 2 fluid ounces of Baileys and it’s only 17% alcohol. That means you can safely enjoy a mug 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.
The Best Christmas Cocktail: A Winter Snowflake
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup skimmed milk (you can also use non-dairy milk)
- 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
- optional: whipped cream and 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!