Frostbite Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Frostbite cocktail is a refreshing and cool drink that originated in the snowy regions of Scandinavia. It is said to have been created by a group of adventurous bartenders who wanted to capture the essence of the icy landscape in a glass. The cocktail quickly gained popularity among winter sports enthusiasts and travelers looking for a unique and invigorating drink to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

  • The Frostbite is often associated with ski resorts and winter getaways
  • It is a popular choice for those who enjoy the crisp, cool flavors of mint and citrus
  • The cocktail is sometimes served at ice bars, where the entire bar and its furnishings are made of ice

How Frostbite Tastes?

The Frostbite cocktail is a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and minty flavors. It has a cooling and refreshing taste, with a hint of citrus tanginess. The drink is light and crisp, making it the perfect choice for those who enjoy a well-balanced and invigorating cocktail.

Interesting facts about Frostbite

  • The Frostbite cocktail is sometimes referred to as the 'Snowball' or 'Ice Queen' in certain regions
  • The drink is often served in a chilled glass to enhance the frosty sensation
  • Some variations of the Frostbite include a splash of soda water for added fizz and effervescence



Tequila provides the strong base spirit for the cocktail, offering a hint of agave that stands up to the other flavors. 1.5 oz is a perfect amount for a balanced cocktail - any more, and you risk overpowering the delicate mint and cocoa notes. Without it, you'd lose the soul of the cocktail and the needed kick.

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White Crème de Cacao

This sweet, chocolate-flavored liqueur adds a dessert-like quality, complementing the tequila. It's important to keep it at 1 oz to prevent the drink from becoming cloyingly sweet. If omitted, you'd miss the chocolate undercurrent that defines a Frostbite.

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Blue Curaçao

This orange-flavored liqueur gives our drink a lovely blue hue and a citrusy edge. The 1 oz ensures the drink is visually striking while maintaining a balanced flavor profile. Without the blue curaçao, not only is the color lost, but so too is the citrus note that cuts through the sweet and creamy elements.

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Cream adds a luscious richness and smooth mouthfeel that makes our Frostbite indulgent. The 1 oz measurement is crucial for texture; too much cream and your drink becomes a heavy milkshake, too little and it loses its velvety charm. If you skip it, you miss out on that creamy dreaminess.

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Peppermint Schnapps

This intensely minty schnapps brings a refreshing kick that gives the 'frostbite' feel. With 0.5 oz, it asserts its presence without overwhelming. Going heavier on the schnapps risks turning the sip into a mint explosion; too light, and the chill factor disappears.

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Ice is an unsung hero, chilling and diluting the cocktail to the perfect sipping consistency. One cup is usually enough to cool the drink without over-diluting the mix. If you skimp on ice, you might end up with a lukewarm cocktail that doesn't hit the right frosty notes.

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Recipe. How to make Frostbite Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the tequila, white crème de cacao, blue curaçao, cream, and peppermint schnapps
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh mint for garnishing to enhance the minty flavor
  • Chill the glass beforehand for a frosty sensation

Perfect Pairings


  • Oysters on the Half Shell: The freshness of the oysters complements the minty, cool sensation of the cocktail.
  • Coconut Shrimp: A sweet and crunchy companion to the creamy and minty notes of the drink.


  • Chocolate Fondue: The chocolate flavor plays nicely with the white crème de cacao in the cocktail.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Enhances the peppermint schnapps's minty flavor.

Cheese Platter

  • Creamy Blue Cheese: The sharpness will balance the sweetness of the Frostbite.
  • Aged Cheddar: The complexity of the cheddar pairs well with the layered flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Frostbite

  • Tequila can be replaced with vodka for a smoother taste
  • White Crème de Cacao can be substituted with chocolate liqueur
  • Blue Curaçao can be replaced with any other citrus-based liqueur

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Frostbite Margarita

  • Replace cream with fresh lime juice
  • Add a salted rim Shaking up the classic with a zesty twist, this Margarita version replaces the smooth cream with lime juice for a tart edge, and a salted rim to bring out the tequila. Bold and refreshing, it's a livelier take on the soothing original.


  • Substitute white chocolate liqueur for white crème de cacao
  • Use coconut cream instead of regular cream This 'Whiteout' twist makes things even creamier and dessert-like, introducing white chocolate liqueur and rich coconut cream. Get ready for an indulgent taste that's like a snowstorm in your mouth - but in a good way!

Spiced Frostbite

  • Add a dash of cinnamon syrup
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick A little heat to combat the cold, this spicy sibling introduces cinnamon syrup to warm your soul. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and you've got a cocktail that's festive enough to make any winter holiday merry and bright.

In case you forgot basics how to make Frostbite

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Frostbite

Is the Frostbite cocktail suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, the Frostbite cocktail is suitable for vegetarians. However, since it contains cream, it is not suitable for vegans unless a non-dairy alternative is used.

Does the Frostbite cocktail contain gluten?

No, the Frostbite cocktail does not contain any gluten-containing ingredients.

What kind of garnish can be used if I don't have fresh mint?

If fresh mint is not available, you can use a lemon or lime wedge, a cherry, or even a candy cane for a festive twist.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Frostbite cocktail?

Yes, you can use non-alcoholic substitutes for tequila, crème de cacao and blue curaçao to create a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

What type of occasions is the Frostbite cocktail suitable for?

The Frostbite cocktail, with its unique and refreshing taste, is perfect for winter parties, New Year celebrations, and apres ski events.

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