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These dirty snowmen drinks are creamy, chocolatey drinks that combine the flavors of ice cream, hot chocolate, and coffee-flavored liqueur to make a favorite new holiday drink.
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  1. DIRTY SNOWMEN INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS DIRTY SNOWMEN RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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These dirty snowmen will make up for the cold weather and warm you up with scoops of ice cream, rich hot cocoa and creamy liqueur. We’ve combined some warm childhood memories with a grown-up boozy twist to get this hot cocktail that’s just as comforting as it is delicious.

If you’re looking for another boozy winter drink, check out our spiked hot chocolate. It’s super delicious! For a classically-yummy warm drink without the alcohol, try our hot chocolate bomb recipe here!

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DIRTY SNOWMEN INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream, ½ cup
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 1 tablespoon dark creme de cacao liqueur 
  • 1 cup hot chocolate
  • Whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, coarse sanding sugar, and/or additional chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles for garnish

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

KAHLUA: You can use any coffee-flavored liqueur for this dirty snowman drink – rum, coconut rum, chocolate vodka, Bailey’s, etc. For a non-alcoholic alternative, you can mix 1 teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso powder with 2 tablespoons of syrup in place of the alcohol.

CHOCOLATE SYRUP: You can make your own if you don’t have any on hand. Mix 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of cold water, ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Just stir it all together.

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM: If you don’t have vanilla ice cream, you can use chocolate or a combination of both chocolate and vanilla in this boozy hot chocolate.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS DIRTY SNOWMEN RECIPE

STEP ONE: Place your chocolate syrup on a small plate. Then, turn glass upside and dip the rim of your glass in the chocolate.

Dirty Snowmen process shot of the rim of a mug dipped into chocolate syrup

STEP TWO: Dip your chocolate-coated rim into a shallow tray of chocolate sprinkles until it’s completely coated.

STEP THREE: Place one scoop of ice cream into your glass.

STEP FOUR: Add in your Kahlua and creme de cacao to your glass.

PRO TIP:

This is a rich drink – the liquor taste is present, but not overpowering. You could add more alcohol if you’d like. The hot chocolate and ice cream are heavy enough to support a stronger drink.

Dirty Snowmen process shot of creme de cacao and khalif added to the glass

STEP FIVE: Pour your hot chocolate over the ice cream and liquor.

PRO TIP:

Use a quality hot chocolate. I use the hot cocoa recipe on the Hershey’s cocoa powder container.

Dirty Snowmen process shot of hot chocolate added to a mason jar of ice cream and liquor

STEP SIX: Top off your yummy cocktail with whipped cream and any toppings you like.

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STEP SEVEN: Serve immediately.

HOW TO SERVE

Prepare this dirty snowman cocktail just before serving. Hot chocolate and liquor amounts can be doubled, tripled, etc., and combined in advance, but pour over the scoop of ice cream just before serving.

During Christmastime, try this recipe with our Grinch cookies!

STORAGE

You won’t be able to store these for later, but you won’t have any trouble finishing this delicious adult version of hot chocolate up, so don’t worry!

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You’re going to love this hot cocktail recipe! It’s creamy, sweet, and an impressive after-dinner treat to serve your guests this holiday season. These dirty snowmen are a winter must for a cold night, or just when you want a comforting drink.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This dirty snowman recipe can’t really be made in advance. It’s a quick recipe and won’t take you long to whip up a batch just before you are ready to serve it.

Can I make my own hot cocoa instead of out of the package?

Any hot cocoa, homemade or store-bought, will work fine in this recipe.

Can I make this drink alcohol-free?

For a non-alcoholic alternative, you can mix 1 teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso powder with 2 tablespoons of syrup in place of the alcohol.

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Dirty Snowmen

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These dirty snowmen drinks are creamy, chocolatey drinks that combine the flavors of ice cream, hot chocolate, and coffee-flavored liqueur to make a favorite new holiday drink.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream ½ cup
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 1 tablespoon dark creme de cacao liqueur
  • 1 cup hot chocolate
  • Whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, coarse sanding sugar, and/or additional chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place chocolate syrup on a small plate. Turn glass upside down and dip the rim in the chocolate syrup.
  • Dip the syrup-coated rim into a shallow tray of chocolate sprinkles until it is coated.
  • Place one scoop of ice cream into the glass/mug.
  • Add Kahlua and creme de cacao to the glass.
  • Pour hot chocolate over the ice cream and liquor.
  • Top with whipped cream and any garnish/toppings.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

TIP: This is a rich drink – the liquor taste is present, but not overpowering. You could add more alcohol if you’d like. The hot chocolate and ice cream are heavy enough to support a stronger drink.
TIP: Use a quality hot chocolate. I use the hot cocoa recipe on the Hershey’s cocoa powder container.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1093mg | Calcium: 204mg | Vitamin A: 278IU | Sugar: 140g | Fiber: 6g | Potassium: 176mg | Cholesterol: 29mg | Calories: 969kcal | Saturated Fat: 17g | Fat: 26g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 163g | Iron: 3mg
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