There's no shortage of creative ideas when it comes to dressing up cocktails. And when you add a touch of Christmas magic to the mixology game? Ooh, there's nothing more aesthetically pleasing in the cocktail world. When I saw this trend pop up on social media, I immediately knew it would be my next drink experiment. It does require some planning to get some snow into this drink forecast, though. So come, grab a glass, get frosty, and let's make a snow globe cocktail.
How to Make a Snow Globe Cocktail
The setup for a snow globe cocktail is pretty simple, but it does take a touch of careful work. Easier than assembling a ship in a bottle, you will need a few non-cocktail supplies to make the look easier to pull together.
- Rosemary sprig, fresh
- 4-5 fresh cranberries
- String or thread
- Rocks glass or stemless wine glass
- In a rocks glass or stemless wine glass, drop in the fresh cranberries.
- Place the rosemary sprig upside down in the center, so that it resembles a pine tree, making sure that the bottom of the sprig is resting on the bottom of the glass. If need be, trim the sprig so it's the same height or slightly shorter than the top of the glass.
- Anchor the rosemary sprig in place by looping the center of the string two or three times around the sprig — tight enough that it won't fall out but not so tight that you won't be able to unwind it later.
- Stretch the strings until taut so the sprig won't float out of the water.
- Secure the edges of the taut string to the glass on either side using tape to balance the rosemary sprig straight up and down.
- Add a half inch to an inch of water.
- Place in your freezer for at least six hours or overnight.
- Once frozen, remove the thread and tape. Keep glasses in the freezer until you're ready to serve your drink.
Once the water is totally frozen, make your cocktail as you usually would, then strain it into your cocktail snow globe.
Drinks to Serve in a Snow Globe Cocktail
The obvious answer is to make a snow globe gin and tonic! As someone who is all gin all the time, this is the perfect solution. However, there are plenty of almost clear or totally clear drinks that are perfect for this snow globe look. Any of these will look and taste perfect in your winter wonderland glass. You can totally enjoy water, club soda, or flavored club soda, too.
Tips and Tricks for Snow Globe Cocktails
Your snow globe may not summon Santa like Bernard's snow globe can, but yours will absolutely summon the Christmas spirit. Isn't that what matters most here? Of course it is.
- A bubbly mixer adds a look of motion to the glass, even when still.
- Sprinkle coconut flakes into the drink before mixing for edible snowflakes in your snow globe.
- Before freezing, add a thick layer of coconut flakes so that they slowly release as the ice melts while you're sipping the drink.
- Edible glitter looks great mixed into the drink or even into the ice before you freeze the glass.
- Use several different sizes of rosemary for a forest of evergreen trees in your snow globe.
- Carefully tilt the glass sideways to create a geometric snow globe.
- Use cinnamon sticks alongside your rosemary sprigs. You can also use thyme sprigs or lavender.
- Float red, green, blue, or gold edible flowers on top before freezing a floral and ethereal snow globe.
Snow Globe in a Cocktail Glass
A little patience and a freezer are all you need to turn your holiday drinks into something a touch more magical. What's better than an easy hack when enjoying the holidays? Especially when all it requires is to take your winter cocktail and put it on ice. There's nothing left to say other than let it snow, let it snow, let it snow — and cheers!