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Winter Wonderland Cocktail

The dazzling and decadent winter wonderland cocktail is creamy, flavorful, and surprisingly easy to make. Whether you’re curled up by the fire or hosting a festive party, this delicious martini variation will have you falling in love with winter!

Two martini glasses with a cream cocktail and colored balls on the rim as garnish

There is no way that you won’t simply adore this winter wonderland martini. With its striking, snowy appearance and creamy mouth-feel, it makes a perfect holiday cocktail.

Its four ingredients meld together so deliciously you’re going to want more, so be sure to remind yourself it’s a sipping cocktail. Don’t let its amazing flavor distract you from how potent it is!

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One of its great perks is that the winter wonderland can be made in a big batch for your party goers. Use the serving slider in the recipe card to adjust how many cocktails you’d like to make.

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Helpful tips

  • I use light cream in this cocktail but you can substitute milk, half & half, or if you really want to be decadent, heavy cream.
  • If you are lactose intolerant, substitute an alternative milk like almond, rice, etc.
  • Creme de cacao comes in two forms: white (clear) and dark. To make this cocktail work, you can only use the white creme de cacao.
  • I use Godiva brand but you can substitute any brand of white chocolate liqueur.
  • I garnish with those colorful balls that you sprinkle on cupcakes (aka rainbow nonpareils). You can find them in the baking aisle. This is optional.
  • How to garnish this cocktail: Pour a small amount of the rainbow nonpareils on a small, flat plate. Dip your finger in a little simple syrup and rub it along the outside rim of the glass. Dip the glass rim into the balls and then gently shake it to dislodge any loose balls.

How to make a winter wonderland cocktail

Pre-step

Get out your cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Also get a measuring glass and two martini glasses.

Garnish the rims of the glasses. (See notes).

After measuring out the ingredients, pour them into the cocktail shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, and light cream. (A)

Step two

Measure out 4 ounces of vanilla vodka. (B)

Left - white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, vanilla vodka and light cream. Right - vanilla vodka measured out

Step three

Measure 2 ounces of white chocolate liqueur. (C)

Step four

Measure 2 ounces of white creme de cacao. (D)

White chocolate liqueur and creme de cacao measured out

Step five

Measure 2 ounce of light cream. (E)

Step six

Get the garnished glasses. (F)

Cream measured out with a martini glass garnished with colorful balls

Step seven

Cap the cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Divide and strain the liquid between the two glasses, but be careful not to pour the liquid over the garnished rims.

A bowl martini glass in front of a regular glass filled with a cream cocktail

Doesn’t this holiday martini just scream WINTER!?

Let’s see this drink in a vertical view.

The bowl glass in front of the other martini glass in vertical view with the white cocktail

And the other glass.

The classic martini glass in vertical view with the cream martini in it

I hope you enjoyed this winter wonderland cocktail recipe. It’s so delicious!

Other holiday cocktails

And as always, may all your dishes/dishes be delish!

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Colored balls on the rim of a martini glass filled with a cream cocktail

Winter Wonderland Cocktail

This dazzling and decadent winter wonderland cocktail is creamy, flavorful, and surprisingly easy to make. Whether you’re curled up by the fire or hosting a festive party, this delicious winter-inspired cocktail recipe is just what you need.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cocktail, winter wonderland cocktail, winter wonderland martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 347kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces white chocolate liqueur (I use the Godiva brand)
  • 2 ounces creme de cacao (white or clear)
  • 2 ounces light cream (or milk or half & half)

Garnish – optional

Instructions

  • If you are going to garnish the glasses, do so now, see notes below on how.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and light cream.
  • Cap cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Divide and strain the liquid between the two glasses.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • I use light cream in this cocktail but you can substitute milk, half & half, or if you really want to be decadent, heavy cream.
  • If you are lactose intolerant, substitute an alternative milk like almond, rice, etc.
  • Creme de cacao comes in two forms: white (clear) and dark. To make this cocktail work, you can only use the white creme de cacao.
  • I use Godiva brand but you can substitute any brand of white chocolate liqueur.
  • I garnish with those colorful balls that you sprinkle on cupcakes (aka rainbow nonpareils). You can find them in the baking aisle. This is optional.
  • How to garnish this cocktail: Pour a small amount of the rainbow nonpareils on a small, flat plate. Dip your finger in a little simple syrup and rub it along the outside rim of the glass. Dip the glass rim into the balls and then gently shake it to dislodge any loose balls.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 Comments

  1. Such a fantastic cocktail to celebrate the holiday season! I love all those flavors and especially the festive sprinkles around the rim.

  2. This drink is the most festive and so delicious! I really love the tip to use Godiva — the chocolate quality is so much better!

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