Confession: I’m a big Christmas fan. I love the decorations, (much to Alice’s chagrin) the music, the tree, the movies, the lights, the whole of everything. One of my favorite holiday movies is “White Christmas” because, come on, Bing and Danny! How can you go wrong? Well, this year I decided that watching wasn’t good enough, we needed a drink to go with it. Hence, the White Christmas Cocktail!
That’s right, a cocktail inspired by and ready to drink while watching “White Christmas.” Importantly, no, you don’t have to watch the movie to enjoy the cocktail. Heck, you don’t even have to like it or have to have seen it before to like this drink.
Will it taste a little better if you’re watching Bing croon something amazing? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
There was one very important thing I wanted for the White Christmas Cocktail: I wanted it to involve white crème de cacao (dare I say Homemade White Crème de Cacao if you have it — and if you don’t, stop and go make some!). Yes, to me chocolate = celebration. So of course this needed chocolate.
With this, we were going chocolate in and mint out!
This was a firm stance for me.
I know that chocolate and mint practically spells Christmas candy cheer, but our house is currently overflowing with chocolate minty goodness. That’s not to say I don’t love it — I do! — that’s to say that I needed a break from the minty chocolatey explosion that is almost all Christmas treats.
Hence, we started with our Homemade White Crème de Cacao, then I knew we needed something to compliment it and bring out festive holiday-ness. Being inspired by risalamande, a Danish dessert we have every Christmas Eve that is, in its most simple to understand form, ultra-rich (I did say Danish, right?) rice pudding with almonds, I settled on almond liqueur to compliment the chocolate in this drink.
From there, it was adding the white (hello heavy cream, you make this extra festive), a little more booze (for extra merry) and some chocolate bitters to round out the flavors.
After a little tweaking, we nailed our proportions and had to have a couple — for testing purposes.
To garnish, grate some white chocolate over the top. Added benefit of looking like snow and bringing merry cheerfulness.
Now, let’s get down with the White Christmas Cocktail!
- 2 oz. white crème de cacao
- 1 oz. almond liqueur
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. cream
- Dash of chocolate bitters
- White chocolate
- Glass type: coupe
- Add your white crème de cacao, almond liqueur, vodka, cream and chocolate bitters into your shaker with ice.
- Think of the snow falling.
- You're really just whipping up the cream, but still.
- Once you're done, pour into your coupe.
- Let it settle for a bit.
- Grate some white chocolate over the top.
- Now it's really snowing.
- Enjoy while watching "White Christmas."
- Or just by itself.