Friday, 9 December 2016

Find your perfect Warninks Snowball this Christmas


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Who am I kidding? I'm already in full blown festive frenzy. For once I'm actually ahead of the game with my Christmas Shopping (famous last words...) and have even wrapped it all! There are some special moments that Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without and for me festive tipples come pretty high up at the top of that list. Many of them only ever make it into my supermarket trolley in December. Yup Mulled Wine, Sherry and Advocaat I'm talking about you! As part of their #NowItsXmas campaign, Warninks, the UK’s number one Advocaat asked me to share some of my favourite moments in the run up to Christmas. Naturally mine are all food related!


I've blogged on a pretty much annual basis about the tradition of a Christmas Eve Gingerbread House built by Foodie Boy and Girl in conjunction with their Aunt. The designs have become increasingly complex over the years, starting out with a shop bought kit and progressing to making their own from scratch. I'm informed that this years plans are for a Gingerbread Barn and Silo. As always there will be a Brussel Sprout in the chimney.


I've got a Christmas Tree in my kitchen and naturally all of the decorations on it are food related! Above is only a small selection and I'm always on the lookout for new additions. Even my christmas tree lights are cookie cutters. Naturally lots of them are gingerbread themed but I've also got sprouts, pigs in blankets, Tunnock's Teacakes, s'mores, coffee, utensils, fast food, biscuits, cupcakes, Christmas puddings, shellfish and beer! A couple of new additions shall be added from my travels this year to New York and Orlando. Expect a big apple and a gingerbread Minion. 


I absolutely adore cute and creative Christmas food. Back in 2013 I created an online advent calendar and shared a different idea each evening on my Facebook page. It's still one of my most popular ever posts with 24 fab festive foodie ideas. Many of them we make again and again and there will most definitely be a Sausage Wreath, Olive Santa Penguins and Candy Cane bark being made in the run up to the big Ho Ho Ho.


Taking things back to festive tipples, which is of course what brought us here in the first place. Put simply, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Warninks. It's been made in Holland since 1616 and was one of the original producers of advocaat. Today it uses 16 free range egg yolks in each bottle. The drink is full bodied, sweet and creamy with delicious aromas of vanilla. 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.

Warninks Advocaat really hit the big time in the seventies with the Snowball Cocktail (advocaat, fresh lime and lemonade). It can also be enjoyed neat over ice or in a Fluffy Duck. The classic Snowball has been reinvented with a twist to suit all tastebuds and truly get you into the spirit of Christmas. Which one will you choose?

The Snowball... to get into the Christmas Spirit (Cinnamon)
The Snowball... for Party Lovers (Chocolate Powder & Shavings)
The Snowball... for Winter Nights In (Cinnamon Bark & Star Anise)
The Snowball... for those with a Sweet Tooth (Gingersnap & Marshmallows)

Despite not having a particularly sweet tooth I'm completely smitten by the Gingersnap and Marshmallow combination. I can also highly recommend a slug of Warnicks to perk up your coffee or hot chocolate or liberally drizzled over ice cream, waffles or pancakes. However you choose to pimp your Snowball it'll be the perfect addition to your Christmas countdown.


The Snowball for those with a Sweet Tooth
Enjoy with a slice of Christmas cake

50ml Warninks Advocaat
25ml Lime Juice
Lemonade or Soda
Cubed Ice
Gingersnap Biscuit
Mini Marshmallows

Shake 50ml Advocaat and 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice or cordial together, strain into a glass mug and top up with lemonade or soda and some cubed ice.
Garnish with a gingersnap and lightly toasted mini marshmallows.


Warninks Advocaat is available in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and any good convenience stores.


Disclosure : This is a commissioned post for Warnicks. As always, all views expressed are my own. Cocktail images courtesy of Warnicks.
Thank you for supporting the brands who make it possible for me to continue to share my Edible Scottish Adventures with you.

16 comments :

  1. Mmm I have such fond memories of Advocaat from my childhoood (being drunk by adults naturally!). I'd have to try the chocolate one with chocolate shavings I think, would go great with a selection box.

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    1. I don't remember it at all from first time around. Don't think my folks were fans!.

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  2. I've not had a Advocaat for I do not know how many years. Very tempted to go and get a seasonal bottle.

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    1. It's one of those things that just screams Christmas. Go on. treat yourself to a bottle!

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  3. Snowballs are my very favourite thing - my Gran used to give them to us when we were wee... I add a Gin in nowadays (Rhubarb is particularly good!)... I sadly want a jumper though...

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    1. Hang on a sec! You add Gin to your Snowball?! This I have got to try.
      My husband has already claimed the jumper for Christmas Jumper Day at his work. I think he may well be the winner.

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  4. Aw I *adore* snowballs, they seemed so sophisticated when I was a tot watching the family drink them. Being the "baby" of the family with much older brothers, I was well left out lol. I've since made up for it ;) I prefer my Advocaat with lime and lemonade and a curly whirly straw. Step Mum adds vodka or gin to it when she makes it though so it can be lethal lol

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    1. I'm loving the idea of adding Gin! But I need to know is it a Curly Wurly straw as in Chocolate or Curly Whirly as in squiggly???

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  5. I love reading about other people's Christmas traditions - the Christmas Eve gingerbread house is a fantastic idea! Great way to get everyone together :)

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    1. Every family does Christmas differently and it's wonderful how we all build our own traditions over the years that get passed down.

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  6. That gingerbread house is just amazing but my favourite one of your traditions had to be the Christmas tree decorations. I love that idea! If we ever have a bigger kitchen I'm totally stealing that idea. Lovely looking cocktail too -bringing advocaat into the 21st century! Thanks for adding to #CookBlogShare

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    1. Every time I'm in a store that sells Christmas Tree decorations I'm on the lookout for a new addition. There lots of memories held in them too, especially ones from abroad.

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  7. I love snowballs and this was such a fun post to write. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. I now want to know why they are called snowballs. Yellow snow is NOT a good thing!!!

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  8. I'm so jealous of your kitchen tree decorations - they're so cute and some of them are so unique. I'm trying to figure out if I've got room for a tree in my kitchen so I can start my own collection!
    I'm planning on having a snowball while I wrap some presents tomorrow :-)

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  9. I love a good snowball! Loving the additional ideas! :) xo

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