Melted Snowman Cocktail Recipe

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Melted Snowman Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:14%

Created by

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 Melted Snowman is a whimsical cocktail that's perfect for winter gatherings. It's a playful twist on the classic White Russian, with the addition of a scoop of vanilla ice cream to represent the 'melted snowman'. It's a hit at holiday parties, and is sure to delight anyone who enjoys creamy, dessert-like cocktails.

How Melted Snowman Tastes?

The Melted Snowman is a creamy, sweet, and slightly boozy cocktail. The vanilla ice cream gives it a rich, dessert-like quality, while the vodka and coffee liqueur add a warming kick.

Interesting facts about Melted Snowman

  • The Melted Snowman is a twist on the classic White Russian.
  • It's a popular choice for holiday parties.
  • The 'melted snowman' is represented by a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


A few good options for Melted Snowman are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka is the backbone of the drink, providing the necessary kick without overpowering other flavors. The 2 oz measurement is perfect to balance potency and smoothness. If less is used, you might as well call it a 'Frosty's Light'. More, and your snowman might just refreeze.

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Coffee Liqueur

Brings a delicious depth and coffee flavor to the cocktail. 1 oz is just enough to whisper 'coffee' without turning the drink into an alcoholic Starbucks cup. Without it, the drink would lack complexity – say goodbye to that cozy caffeine hug.

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Heavy Cream

This creamy component gives the cocktail its luxurious mouthfeel. The 1 oz portion creates a silk road on your palate, but if you feel like being extra decadent, a bit more won't hurt. Skip it, and you'll lose the 'Melted' part of the Snowman.

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Vanilla Ice Cream

The fun twist to the cocktail, a scoop of vanilla ice cream turns it into a boozy float. It's the snow in 'Melted Snowman', without it, your snowman is just a puddle. Swap it with chocolate ice cream for a mocha vibe, or mint for a refreshing twist.

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Recipe. How to make Melted Snowman Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream.
  2. Shake well until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass.
  4. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the glass.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy your Melted Snowman cocktail!

Pro Tips

  • Be sure to use high-quality ice cream for the best flavor.
  • Serve in a clear glass to show off the 'melted snowman'.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

Decadent chocolate cakes or brownies can complement the rich and creamy texture of the Melted Snowman cocktail. The sweetness of the desserts balances the strong kick of the vodka.

Coffee-Flavored Treats

Coffee-flavored treats such as tiramisu or coffee cake enhance the coffee liqueur present in the drink, creating a harmonious coffee-themed pairing.

Festive Holiday Snacks

Gingerbread cookies or candy canes could provide a playful and seasonal touch that goes well with the whimsical nature of a Melted Snowman cocktail.

Salty Snacks

Classic bar snacks like salted nuts or pretzels can cut through the creaminess and provide a contrast that is sure to please the palate.

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What you could change in Melted Snowman

  • You can substitute the vodka with rum for a different flavor profile.
  • If you don't have coffee liqueur, you can use chocolate liqueur instead.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spiked Hot Chocolate Snowman

For a warmer twist, use hot chocolate instead of heavy cream and coffee liqueur. This version is perfect for cuddling up by the fire and watching your snowman melt into a cup of cozy comfort.

The Nutty Snowman

Swap out the vanilla ice cream for a scoop of butter pecan ice cream and add a splash of amaretto. This will give you a nutty dimension that's like your snowman decided to go to a holiday party.

Mocha Snowman

Add a shot of espresso to the mix and use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. The espresso will amplify the coffee flavor for those who like their snowmen with a side of caffeine and chocolate bliss.

In case you forgot basics how to make Melted Snowman

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Melted Snowman

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

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the vodka and coffee liqueur with non-alcoholic alternatives.

What can I pair with the Melted Snowman cocktail?

Given its rich and dessert-like feature, it perfectly complements with savory foods such as cheese boards and light meats.

Are there any specific types of vodka that work best in this cocktail?

Any standard, unflavored vodka should work well in Melted Snowman cocktail. If prefered, you could experiment with flavored vodkas for a different take.

Can this cocktail be made in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the vodka, coffee liqueur and cream mixture ahead of time. Just add the ice cream scoops right before serving.

What is the best type of glass to serve this cocktail?

A clear round glass is suggested to make the 'melted snowman' effect visible but any glassware that is wide enough to accommodate the ice cream scoop will work.

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