The Best Ever Warm Winter Cocktail: A Winter Snowflake Cocktail

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 cinnamon. Go on, it’s Christmas and you deserve it!

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Two champagne flutes filled with Baileys cocktail and topped with cream

Which is the best alcoholic drink in winter?

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.

A martini glass filled with a creamy cocktail

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?

Slow cooker to the rescue! 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.

One champagne flute filled with Baileys cocktail and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce

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!

A Christmas cocktail inside a martini glass

How alcoholic is this white winter cocktail?

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:

A Christmas cocktail in a martini glass

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

One sip of this and you won't want any other warm winter cocktail ever again It's rich, creamy and loaded with Bailey's. The perfect winter cocktail for snuggling up with on Christmas Eve while watching a Christmas film.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 200 kcal


  • 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! 
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    • Nicky says

      I think it would work wonderfully in a crockpot, Carrie! So happy I could help with your cookie/cocktail exchange! πŸ™‚

  1. Michelle says

    YUM! If it wasn’t 8:25 in the AM, I’d already be trying this! I guess I’ll wait for lunch then. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  2. The Busy Bee's says

    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee’s), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)

  3. Joanne says

    I made this as a trial and good thing I Did! I have a extreme sweet tooth and this drink is super sweet. (Even for me) ill do it for my actual party tomorrow with much less sugar. I feel 1tbsp was a bit much for 1 serving especially with the white chocolate, caramel, and the sweetness of baileys. Def a drink I prefer cold as well!

    Overall I loved the simplicity of this drink. And a great cocktail to have as a dessert beverage too.

    • Nicola says

      Thanks for your tips, Joanne! I’m sure they’ll help other people who might not have as much as a sweet tooth as me! I’ve never once thought about trying this as a cold drink. Can’t wait to give that a go!

  4. Misty Wicklund says

    I love the flavor but it was way too sweet for me. I tried again except I removed the sugar, put less caramel, and less chocolate chips and it turned out great! I also microwaved the milk first then stirred everything else in. I found the chocolate melted better and the ingredients blended smoother this way. This will definitely be a new annual tradition, but I will have to be careful because I can definitely see how it could get me in trouble! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!!!!

    • Nicola says

      Thanks so much for your feedback, Misty! You’re not the first person to say it’s too sweet. Think I’ll go back and tweak the recipe a little.

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