Getting all nostalgic and thinking Christmas memories and the ever so festive drink- The Snowball Cocktail

Snowball Cocktail

Every year one of the neighbours would have a Christmas party, it was a different house every year (what a sociable bunch they were) and I remember the drinks table piled high with brightly coloured bottles of different shapes and sizes of various alcoholic drinks. The host would be left with enough drink to drown in over the coming year. However, one drink in particular sticks in my memory- a snowball, how could any child resist a delectably festive drink called that? I know, I know…but it was the seventies though *cough*.

Yes that bright iconic bottle of Warninks Advocaat shone brightly among that table.

And of course I was only ever allowed a sip of the snowball cocktail at those Christmas parties but oh it was so good!

snowball cocktail

I think I’ve inadvertently created some slightly different memories and traditions for my own family, there are some things that just don’t change from year to year and having ‘done’ the whole Father Christmas thing as a parent for what will be the twenty-third year they seem to have stuck.

Our traditions now…

  • We always go and choose a Christmas tree together, there are the inevitable squabbles about which tree to choose, the tallest, the fattest, the thinnest, a Noble, or perhaps a Blue Spruce. Eventually we decide and it’s usually too big to get home ourselves so we then have to wait for it to be delivered
  • The tree arrives! We of course decorate it together, cue more disputes over the colours, the number of decorations, the untangling of lights…all whilst listening to the obligatory Christmas number ones of the last century (Carols are for Christmas morning) and supping on a festive Snowball cocktail. It’s fun honestly!
  • On Christmas Eve it’s a combination of efforts, one child prepares the brussels, another carves the turkey and others get the house spick and span for the Big Day! It’s lovely.
  • The stockings are filled all together, a carrot and potato each for the reindeer and a mince pie and tipple for The Big Man
  • Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’ is read en masse and the stockings are hung by the chimney
  • Christmas morning always starts with everyone squeezing into my bed, yes all six of us, so that’s four adults now, and they open the goodies that have been left for them by Father Christmas. This is my favourite part of Christmas, I love it…all the hard work and stress melts at this point.

What are your Christmas memories or traditions? Share with the hashtag #NowItsXmas

Snowball Cocktail

The Warninks Advoccat Snowball Cocktail recipe

Classic Warninks Snowball Cocktail

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A classic Christmas cocktail- the Warninks Advocaat Snowball
Ingredients
  • 100ml Warninks Advocaat
  • 50ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (or cordial)
  • Ice and Lemonade (or soda) to Serve
Instructions
  1. Shake the Advocaat and lime with ice.
  2. Strain into a glass.
  3. Top up with lemonade and some cubed ice.

 

Warninks is the UK’s number one Advocaat, a traditional liqueur from Holland it is best known as the key ingredient in the famous Christmas tipple – the Snowball Cocktail (advocaat, fresh lime and lemonade).

Warninks Advocaat has been made in Holland since 1616 and was one of the original producers of advocaat. Advocaat was originally made using avocados by sailors visiting the Caribbean. However, when they returned back to Europe, they discovered they could recreate their new favourite tipple using fresh egg yolks. With aromas of vanilla this sweet and creamy drink can be enjoyed in many cocktails, including the Snowball, the Fluffy Duck as well as neat or over ice.

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Snowball Cocktail

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