White Christmas Cocktail

White Christmas cocktail recipe

The Spruce / Teena Agnel

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving

The white Christmas recipe is a nice alternative to mix up for guests who are not extremely fond of eggnog. It adds a little flavor to the holiday favorite via a delicious white chocolate liqueur and the fruity hints that come from Southern Comfort. These additions take some of the "egginess" out of the eggnog, making it a very approachable drink.

The nice part about this cocktail is the timing. Many liquor stores will stock a specialty liqueur such as white chocolate specifically for the holidays. Look around and see what you can find or ask if they plan to get a suitable option in stock before Christmas.

The most important ingredient in this drink is, of course, the eggnog. It is very easy to make from scratch and can be made in a few different ways. The quickest way is how eggnog is made in many bars around the holidays. It simply involves milk, syrup, and egg yolk. You can even add the whiskey and chocolate liqueur in the shaker and skip the full 4 ounces of eggnog this recipe calls for.

The other option will create a large batch of an eggnog base that you can use in this recipe. It requires a little more work but is nice to have in the refrigerator and it's a great way to serve the white Christmas to guests. Simply use this homemade eggnog recipe and skip the brandy.

This recipe is a nice way to spice up store-bought eggnog as well, so there's no need to make it from scratch. It's best to use well-chilled eggnog and, if you want, you can also add a few ice cubes to cool and water it down just a little. 


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for White Christmas cocktail
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  2. Build the ingredients in a snifter glass.

    Put in glass
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  3. Stir lightly.

    Stir lightly
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  4. Sprinkle gold or chocolate flakes on top.

    Sprinkle gold
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    White Christmas cocktail
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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.


  • This cocktail is not chilled. If you don't want to add ice but want to give it a gentle frost, place your snifter (or other glass) in the freezer about 30 minutes before mixing the drink. For a quicker chill, place a few ice cubes in the glass for a few minutes then dump them out.
  • Chocolate liqueur is very common; white chocolate liqueur is not (though it is getting better). White crème de cacao is another option, though it's not creamy.
  • Many Irish cream producers offer a white chocolate version that will also work in this cocktail. This is primarily true of small brands straight from Ireland, so you may have to do some digging to find one.

Recipe Variation

The white Christmas also looks great in a cocktail glass, in which case this recipe could easily serve two. You might want to go up to 2 ounces of Southern Comfort and 1 ounce of chocolate liqueur.

How Strong Is a White Christmas Cocktail?

Whiskey comes in a variety of strengths, so your cocktail's alcohol content will depend a lot on which you choose. If you were to pour 80-proof whiskey, the drink would be just 9 percent ABV (18 proof), similar to a glass of wine. Even with 100-proof whiskey, the volume of eggnog used here will create a mild drink.