Snowball Recipe | Amaretto Liqueur and Ice Cream Cocktail

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When the temperatures drop, I love to treat everyone to a Snowball cocktail after a delicious dinner. The slight bitterness of the almond amaretto flavor combined with sweet ice cream is the perfect pairing in this snowball recipe. Learn how to make this amaretto liqueur dessert cocktail with just a few simple ingredients.

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Ice Cream in the Winter: A Snowball Cocktail Recipe

I may be an adult, but I still enjoy ending any meal with a sweet treat. A Snowball cocktail is the perfect way to share my love of dessert!

Ice cream cocktails aren’t just for warm weather months. I enjoy sharing a snowball drink by the fire when the cool weather settles in.

A snowball cocktail is historically a creamy drink that tastes like a custard with a kick. Served in the cooler weather months and on holidays, Snowball cocktails are often made with lime juice or lemonade and Advocaat, a Dutch version of eggnog.

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This Snowball recipe is made with ice cream and amaretto, which provides a slightly bitter, but sweet kick with the smoothness of ice cream and vanilla.

I like to provide a lot of information in my posts to help answer reader questions. If you’re simply looking for the printable version of this recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” just under the title of this post. 

Adding Amaretto Flavor: What is Amaretto Liqueur?

Amaretto is an almond flavored Italian liqueur thought to have originated in Saronno, Italy. One of the best selling amaretto brands is Disaronno Originale Amaretto, available at many grocery and liquor stores.

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Amaretto liqueur has a slightly bitter, nutty flavor mixed with vanilla that pairs perfectly with the ice cream in this snowball recipe. Amaretto is used in a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks.

It is considered a must-have ingredient in every well stocked bar. If you love an amaretto sour, you’ll love this amazing snowball cocktail!

Fun fact: It tastes like almonds, but most amaretto actually gets its flavor from apricot kernels, or pits.

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Snowball Cocktail Ingredients

  • Amaretto – a sweet Italian liqueur with an almond flavor.
  • Vanilla ice cream – a cool treat that makes this cocktail a dessert. You can make this incredibly simple homemade vanilla ice cream or use your favorite store bought vanilla ice cream.
  • Milk – adds creamy, rich smoothness to the ice cream and turns it into a boozy shake!

Snowball Recipe

Continue to the very end of this post for the full printable recipe!

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  • Simply blend the amaretto, vanilla ice cream and milk in a blender or even your mixer.

How to serve a Snowball cocktail:

Served in an old fashioned or rocks glass, this cocktail is sure to please. But with just a few added steps, we can take this cool treat and make it look at fabulous as it tastes!

Tips to Rim a Snowball Drink

Make a snowball stand apart with a rimmed glass. Clear or gold sugar crystals would pair nicely with this sweet treat. Granulated sugar works well in a pinch. Crushed pecans on the rim would be savory and delicious. Crushed sugar cookies would make an excellent pairing with the vanilla in the ice cream and amaretto. To finely chop cookies, use a food processor. 

Marble surface with a clear glass filled with a snowball drink, rimmed in sugar, with chestnuts and evergreen touches around.

There is something about a sugar or salt-rimmed cocktail glass that makes it feel and taste extra special. These techniques aren’t just for restaurants and bars. Take the time to turn your cocktails up a notch by rimming your glasses at home as well!

Looking for a pretty goblet to serve your snowball cocktail? I love this simple version, but any pretty glassware will do! 

How to Rim a Cocktail Glass:

  1. Pour a small amount of simple syrup onto a small plate or saucer. (Maple syrup would work as well depending on what you were using on your rim.)
  2. Next, pour a small amount of your rimming dust onto another small plate or saucer.
  3. Dip your empty drink glass first into the maple syrup, then in your rimming sugar or crushed cookies.
  4. Add the Snowball mixture and serve.

A marble counter top with a clear glass featuring an amaretto liqueur snowball recipe, toasted marshmallow for garnish.

Toasting a Marshmallow for your Snowball Drink

Fall and winter gatherings around a fire pit or fireplace are both cozy and memorable, but of course that can depend on the weather. It’s so much fun to add a toasted marshmallow to this cocktail to complete your theme.

There are several ways to accomplish this – it doesn’t have to be the traditional old school marshmallow roast! A few ideas:

  1. Simply roast the marshmallows on a stick over your fire.
  2. If your get-together is sans fire, simply turn on a gas stove burner and carefully roast your marshmallow over the small flame. Roast until marshmallows are lightly browned.
  3. Roast marshmallows in the oven by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil and placing under a broiler for 1-2 minutes. Be sure to watch marshmallows as they brown quickly!

As with any use of fire or the stove, use caution. Make sure clothing and hair is away from the flame and water readily available if needed.

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You’re never too old for a snowball fight, OR a snowball cocktail.

Snowball Cocktails for a Crowd

Preparing this snowball recipe for a crowd? Here’s a few tips that will make it so much easier to make these.

  • Print my free measurement conversion chart. You’ll be making multiples in seconds!
  • Make this snowball cocktail ahead of time and freeze! The alcohol in the amaretto will keep the entire mixture soft – and prevent those pesky ice crystals from forming.
  • Rim your glasses and set them aside to make serving faster.
  • Place all your glasses on a bar cart or butlers pantry counter to increase anticipation!
  • Spoon or pour the frozen cocktail concoction into glasses and serve immediately to enjoy the smooth and refreshing amaretto flavor of this snowball cocktail recipe.

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More Wintry Cocktails You’ll Love

Enjoy! What cocktails are you planning to make for the holidays this year?

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Snowball Recipe | Amaretto Liqueur and Ice Cream Cocktail

Julie Blanner
When the temperatures drop, I love to treat everyone to a Snowball cocktail. The slight bitterness of the amaretto flavor combined with sweet ice cream is the perfect pairing. Learn how to make this almond-flavored dessert cocktail with a few simple ingredients.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 430 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 ounces Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces milk
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream

Instructions
 

  • Mix all three ingredients together in your blender until smooth.
  • Pour into sugar rimmed glass to serve.

Notes

To rim your glass: 
  1. Pour a small amount of simple syrup onto a small plate or saucer. (Maple syrup would work as well depending on what you were using on your rim.)
  2. Next, pour a small amount of your rimming dust onto another small plate or saucer.
  3. Dip your empty drink glass first into the maple syrup, then in your rimming sugar or crushed cookies.
  4. Add the Snowball mixture and serve.
To toast a marshmallow for garnish: 
  1. If your get-together is sans fire, simply turn on a gas stove burner and carefully roast your marshmallow over the small flame. Roast until marshmallows are lightly browned.
  2. Roast marshmallows in the oven by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil and placing under a broiler for 1-2 minutes. Be sure to watch marshmallows as they brown quickly!

Nutrition

Calories:430kcalCarbohydrates:47gProtein:6gFat:16gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:62mgSodium:127mgPotassium:319mgFiber:1gSugar:44gVitamin A:625IUCalcium:217mg
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