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Fran’s Guide to Crafting the Perfect White Christmas Cocktail

Bring that winter wonderland indoors with this warming holiday drink!  The White Christmas cocktail, a flurry delicacy of smooth and creamy ingredients, will give your guests the inviting and familiar feeling of the most wonderful time of the year. 


What is A White Christmas Cocktail?

The White Christmas cocktail is a blend of flavors that captures the joyful essence of the season. It is especially popular during the winter holidays, given its festive flavors and snowy appearance.

This velvety concoction of ingredients creates a rich and refreshing drink, a perfect harmony for celebrating the holidays in style.


What Makes A White Christmas Cocktail Special?

Using fresh, premium ingredients, garnishes, and creative details, your White Christmas cocktail will spark conversations and leave a lasting impression on everyone who attends your holiday celebration.

From serving the most distinguished dishes in her restaurant to hosting unforgettable events for friends, family, and even celebrities, Fran Berger is unmistakably the go-to expert in home entertainment and design. As a visual storyteller, Fran offers her best advice for making your holiday gathering one worth celebrating.


Understanding Your Audience

Crafting for Corporate Events

In crafting the White Christmas cocktail for corporate events or large gatherings, design the cocktail recipe with both sophistication and scalability in mind for a seamless experience. 

Consider ways to help you save time in preparing the cocktail in larger quantities by using these time-saving tips and tricks:

  • Premix Base Ingredients: Combine the base ingredients and store them to keep cool.
  • Serving Style: Consider whether you'll serve the cocktails individually or allow guests to help themselves from a dispenser. 
  • Customizable Garnish Bar: Set up a garnish bar with various options encouraging guests to personalize their cocktails.

Family and Friends Gatherings (Individual Crafting)

Pay attention to the details for intimate gatherings or quiet moments by the fireplace to create an extra special experience. A few ideas to wow your guests are:

  • Personalized Glassware: Choose unique glasses that match your guests' personalities.
  • Hand-Crafted Ice Cubes: Use star-shaped ice cube molds to add a magical touch of winter to your drink.


Visual Presentation

The visual appeal of your White Christmas cocktail sets the tone for the entire experience. Consider how garnishes and the right glass can enhance the holiday spirit. 


Choose garnishes that complement the flavors of the White Christmas cocktail while enhancing its overall aesthetic. Here's how you can garnish your cocktail for that perfect festive touch:

Candy Cane Rim:

  • Place candy canes in a Ziplock bag and use a wooden rolling pin to crush them.
  • Before pouring your cocktail into the glass, wet the rim with a lime wedge or water, so the candy cane can can stick.
  • Roll the moistened rim in the crushed candy canes for a festive and flavorful touch.

White Chocolate Shavings:

  • Use a grater to create delicate curls of white chocolate that gracefully rest atop the cocktail, much like freshly fallen snow.

Edible Gold or Silver Leaf:

  • Gently place a small piece on the surface of the cocktail for a touch of sophistication.

Glassware Selection

The ideal glassware should highlight the cocktail's elegance and complement its flavors. Here's a guide to help you select the perfect stemware for your event:

Coupe Glass - A stylish alternative to the martini glass and is well-suited for cocktails with a creamy texture like the White Christmas cocktail. The Heron Coupe glass, personally designed by Fran Berger and handcrafted by glass artisans in the Czech Republic, is a fabulous choice for romanticizing the holidays. 

Highball Glass -  This tall, sleek glass is versatile for casual gatherings, outdoor events, and serving a larger volume of the White Christmas cocktail.

Cordial Glass - The small, stemmed design of a Cordial glass is perfect for savoring each sip of your White Christmas cocktail. 


The Recipe

Essential Ingredients

Here’s a list of must-have ingredients to make the perfect White Christmas cocktail - check it twice!

  • 4 oz of premium vodka (can also be substituted with white rum)
  • 4 oz white chocolate Creme de Cacao
  • 4 oz of half and half

Special Optional Ingredients for Added Complexity:

  • A drop of vanilla bean extract
  • A splash of Peppermint Schnapps
  • A dash of chocolate bitters
  • A dollop of freshly, whipped cream for a snowy finish

5 Steps to Make A White Christmas Cocktail

Whether you’re crafting alone or with a companion, this cocktail can be made in just 5 simple steps:

  1. Rim the glass with crushed candy canes for a festive touch
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice and cocktail ingredients
  3. Shake vigorously with ice for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Float freshly whipped cream on top for a snowy finish


Related Holiday Recipes

Make every moment festive with these other Fran Berger Living cocktail recipes and recommendations for the holiday season!

  • Bourbon Champagne Cocktail - Ring in the new year with the robust tastes of vanilla and caramel in this bubbly Bourbon delight from Rachel Cooks.
  • Cranberry Gin Cocktail - A vibrant concoction of Christmas flavors, this sweet and tart cocktail from Fran Berger Living is a party on its own. 
  • Candy Cane Martini - Give your guests something sweet with this surprising swirl of candy-cane-infused vodka recipe by Crazy for Crust!


Dream Up Your White Christmas

Let the warmth of the holidays envelop you in a luxurious embrace with the smooth and creamy taste of the White Christmas cocktail. Remember that the true magic lies not only in the delicious ingredients and creative details but in the shared moments of joy and celebration that accompany each cocktail!

Fran Berger’s 20 years of experience in home entertainment and sophisticated living will help you elevate your every day, from fine living advice to chic collections for your home. Find your next reason to celebrate by visiting the Fran Berger Living website today. 



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