Snowball

snowball

I know this recipe comes a bit late, but surely there’s enough winter left to indulge in a snowball!

When I saw Nigella Lawson’s Christmas special I vowed I’d try a snowball. They looked so yummy and festive! I looked everywhere in town and online for Advocaat, which is a Dutch version of egg nog, the essential ingredient. I could not lay my hands on a single bottle! It was time I learned the recipe then.

For the Advocaat:
10 Egg Yolks
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/3 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Cognac
2/3 cup Vodka
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Place about and inch or two of water into a medium saucepan, and bring the water to a simmer. You will use this in combination with a heat proof bowl to make a double boiler.

In a heat-resistant bowl, add the eggs, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Using an electric or hand whisk, whisk until combined.

Place the bowl over the simmering water and continue to whisk until the egg mixture is thick, light and creamy and the sugar is dissolved, about 8 minutes.

Add in the vanilla, and the Cognac and vodka. Whisk for another 5 minutes.

Pour the advocaat into a resealable container or bottle and refrigerate for 6 hours before use.
If the mixture has separated during it’s time in the fridge, simply give it a really good shake before using.

For the Snowball:
Into a tall glass add:
Fill 1/3 with Advocaat
1/2 cup ice
Top off glass with 7-UP, or Sprite or another fizzy lemon lime soda.
Mix carefully as it wants to fizz a lot.

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