This easy Christmas cocktail is the perfect festive drink to cuddle up with on a chilly evening. It’s rich, it’s creamy and above all, it’s loaded with Bailey’s Irish Cream! The name, Winter Snowflake, might sound icy but there’s nothing cold about this drink at all. It’s all fuzzy slippers and Christmas pyjamas.
If you break it down, this easy Christmas 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. Not exactly healthy, but hey – it’s Christmas!
When it comes to hot chocolate, I think white chocolate gets seriously overlooked, which is why I used it as the base for this easy Christmas cocktail. White chocolate has got a stunning vanilla taste 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.
I never thought I’d say this, but one of the best things about this easy Christmas cocktail is that it hasn’t got much alcohol in. There are only 2 fluid ounces of Baileys and Baileys is only 17% alcohol. That means you can safely enjoy a mug while you write out 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. You have been warned!
Every year on Christmas Eve I take the day off and spend it prepping food for the next day. How do I prepare myself for 16+ hours of food prep? A great big mug of this cocktail of course!
I don’t usually down cocktails for breakfast (I swear!) but treat yourself to a mug of this on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and it will soon become your new favorite Christmas tradition.
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (can substitute sweetener)
- 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk (can use non-dairy)
- 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
- whipped cream and caramel sauce for topping
Stir the chocolate, sugar, vanilla, caramel and milk together in a microwave-safe mug. Cook in the microwave for 90 seconds until hot.
Stir in the Baileys, top with whipped cream and caramel and enjoy.