Folks, we are in the home stretch and Christmas will be here in less than 2 weeks! After literally working overtime hours for the last 3ish consecutive months, as of last Friday, I’m officially in holiday mode! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put on the Christmas tunes, my stretchy paints (not that I haven’t been wearing them all year, haha), and start whipping up some delicious food and drinks for the holiday season!
When asked a few weeks ago about the kinds of recipes they wanted to see me share for the holidays, my Instagram community overwhelmingly responded “holiday cocktails”. I’ve shared a few on my Instagram feed already, but this White Christmas Cookie Cocktail I’m especially proud of because I completely freestyled the recipe and LOVE the result! It’s a vodka-based cocktail that I made with Georgian Bay Vodka and it’s got all the elements a holiday cocktail should. It’s slightly, but not overly, sweet, rich, boozey (😉), and has hints of vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. Oh, and to top it off, it has a cookie crumble finish on the rim of the glass. What’s not to love about that?!
This White Christmas Cookie Cocktail actually very much reminds me of a traditional holiday drink from Trinidad that my mom makes every year—ponche à crème—but without the extra laborious process. For this drink, it’s as simple as adding the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shaking it all up, pouring into a glass, and voilà! You can whip these up to order, which is all part of the fun for the holidays!
About Georgian Bay Vodka
Georgian Bay Vodka was a clear choice for me for this cocktail. It’s locally-produced in small batches right here in Ontario. Georgian Bay Vodka has won multiple awards, including being named best vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition shortly after its launch, and was also recognized by Forbes and the International Wine and Spirits Competition as ‘one of the top 10 vodkas in the world’.
As a blend of two-row malted barley vodka and corn-based vodka, it has notes of cereal, spice and vanilla – making it great to mix in cocktails and also drink neat. You may see many vodka-based Christmas cocktails online that call for vanilla vodka, but that’s not necessary here! While rich, the incredibly smooth finish to this vodka makes this White Christmas Cookie Cocktail refreshing at the same time.
If you’re looking to stock up for the holidays, you can find Georgian Bay Vodka at the LCBO, along with other products made by Georgian Bay Spirit Co. Their gin is fantastic and they make several ready-to-drink beverages as well, like their gin and vodka smash and their smashed sodas. I made this yummy and beautiful cocktail using Georgian Bay Strawberry Smashed Soda in the summer, which TBH, could be ‘winterized’ by adding some seasonal garnishes like pomegranate and a sprig of rosemary 😉.
But anyway, let’s get onto the drinks!
How to Make a White Christmas Cookie Cocktail
It starts with a graham cracker crumble rim and a couple stiff shots of vodka, here’s the recipe to my White Christmas Cookie Cocktail.
White Christmas Cookie Cocktail
- 2 oz. vodka I used Georgian Bay Vodka
- 1 oz. Crème de Cacao
- 2 oz. sweet condensed milk
- 2 oz. heavy whipping cream or half and half
- 5 graham crackers
- cinnamon for garnish
- corn syrup
- ice cubes
- Use a food processor to turn graham crackers into a fine crumble. Pour into a saucer.
- Add corn syrup to another small saucer. Dip the rim of a lowball glass into the corn syrup, coating evenly, and then dip the glass into the graham cracker crumble. Add ice to glass.
- Add vodka, Crème de Cacao, condensed milk, and cream to a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake rigorously until chilled all the way through.
- Strain into glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a pinch of cinnamon on top. Serve and enjoy!
I really hope you’ll give this cocktail recipe a try for the holidays. If all else fails and we don’t have snow on the ground in time for the holidays, you can still have a white Christmas in your glass 😉. Cheers and enjoy responsibly!
*This post was done in partnership with Georgian Bay Spirit Co. But as always, all opinions are 100% my own.