Are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet? I must admit, as hard as I have tried, I’m having trouble feeling Christmassy this year. I’ve had a lot of work to do, and considering I’ve been working on Christmas recipes since August (magazines run a few months ahead of schedule!), it’s not feeling all that special yet.
Buuut, we’re getting our tree today, I’m going to put a Christmas film on this evening (what do you reckon, Home Alone or Love Actually?), and I’m going to feel Christmassy if it kills me.
If. It. Kills. Me.
I may even whip up a couple of Snowball cocktails to add to that festive feeling!
I’m sure everyone has their own Christmas traditions – those things that truly make it feel like Christmas. For me, Christmas involves silly jumpers and earrings (and even a very, very silly outfit for the dog…). Here’s us last year (excuse the scruffy hair, I would like to say that I don’t bother brushing it on Christmas day, but really that’s just what it does year-round):
Christmas also involves chocolate. Lots and lots of it. There are always a few of those big tubs of chocolates floating around at Christmas (which for some reason we never eat at any other time of year, probably because it’s all too easy to say ‘just one more…’), and in my opinion it’s entirely appropriate to start Christmas day with chocolate for breakfast.
…not forgetting a glass of Prosecco or Buck’s Fizz to go with it.
I know a Snowball cocktail will also feature in a lot of people’s Christmases. To be honest, it’s not something I’ve tried very often before – it’s quite a retro cocktail, but it’s making a comeback in a big way. Apparently Nigella Lawson is a fan, so obviously it must be good.
Just like any good cocktail, a Snowball is seriously easy to make – after you’ve already had a couple, you don’t want to be faffing about with a complicated recipe. It’s basically just Warninks Advocaat and lemonade, with a squeeze of lime for good measure. If you want to give it an extra festive touch, stir it with a cinnamon stick.
I must admit, at first I wasn’t entirely convinced by the idea of lime and cinnamon together, but it somehow works amazingly well. The Snowball cocktail is light and fruity, yet rich and creamy at the same time. It actually reminds me of the centre of a fruit cream chocolate, in a weird way!
Does a Snowball feature in your Christmas Day? If you’ve not tried one before, grab a bottle of Advocaat at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, or any good convenience stores, and give it a try.
- 2 shots Warninks Advocaat
- Squeeze of lime juice
- Cold lemonade
- Cinnamon sticks, for stirring (optional)
- Mix the Advocaat and lime juice in a glass of your choice, and top up the glass with cold lemonade. Stir with a cinnamon stick if desired.
If you want another cocktail to wow at Christmas, a layered cocktail or mocktail always goes down well!