There are certain cocktails that have been around for over a hundred years that may not be on any “most popular” lists, but still have a respectable fanbase. Often times, brandy cocktails fall under this particular category, as more popular liquors such as vodka and gin have overtaken it in terms of consumption.
The Snowball is unique because of the addition of the egg, which possibly why it is most associated with winter, because many winter drinks such as eggnog also contain egg. However, it also can double as a summer drink because it isn’t a warm or heated cocktail. This adaptability can also help make it a solid year-round choice. Regardless, the brandy-egg concoction may not be the most ordered, but it is an interesting drink for a unique change.
- 2 ounces of brandy
- 1 ounce of simple syrup
- 1 egg
- Splash of ginger ale
- Cocktail shaker
- Collins glass
- Pour the brandy, simple syrup, and egg into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well to ensure that the egg is properly mixed.
- Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.
- Top with ginger ale.
The drink recipe is present in the 1899 Applegreens Bar Book, which means that the drink has been around for well over a century. There are people who call the egg/syrup/brandy combination something called Advocaat, and an alternate version where the Snowball cocktail is equal parts Advocaat and lemonade. The drink is more popular in the UK, where Advocaat is actually sold commercially, in supermarkets, and is referred to in pubs as splits and is usually drank in the winter, to warm the drinker. This custard-like version is more associated with Europe, and specifically the Netherlands. It may not be the most popular holiday cocktail, but the Snowball might be the brandy cocktail you need to switch things up. Enjoy!