Coconut Snowball Cocktail

January 17, 2024
Coconut lovers, this Coconut Snowball Cocktail is for you! With its tasty combination of coconut rum, cream of coconut, vanilla vodka, and coconut-rimmed glass, it's full of fabulous coconut flavor.  Not to mention, it's a great way to enjoy a snowball -- without having to endure that actual white fluffy stuff itself.

Coconut Snowball Cocktail Image
This Coconut Snowball Cocktail may just be the only way I enjoy snow.

Sure, I can go for a nice batch of snow cream every now and again, but I actually have to endure a snowstorm to get a bowl of that. This cocktail? -- I can enjoy without enduring any of the actual white fluffy stuff itself.

With its tasty combination of coconut rum, cream of coconut, vanilla vodka, and coconut-rimmed glass, a Coconut Snowball is full of fabulous flavor.

See I grew up in Vermont, where I sure experienced more than my fair share of snow. As a kid, I loved playing in it and didn't seem to mind the seemingly endless mounds of snow we received each winter. We'd play outside, bundled up in snowsuits and snow boots, sledding, building snow forts, and having snowball fights all day long without giving even so much as a second thought to the cold and wet of the snow.

But as I got older, that tune changed and I definitely became a snow wimp.

Since relocating to North Carolina some 25 years ago, I truly wouldn't care if I never saw another snowflake again in my life. And as for snowball fights? -- The only kind of snowball fight I'd like to be in now  is one to see who can drink this Coconut Snowball Cocktail the fastest.

Cream of Coconut image

This Coconut Snowball Cocktail gets its bold coconut flavor from a combination of coconut rum and cream of coconut. Cream of coconut is the thick, sweetened coconut stuff pictured above that you find in the drink mixers section of the grocery store (NOT coconut milk).  It's got a really prominent sweetened coconut taste that brings fabulous flavor as the foundation of this snowball cocktail.

What's to Love About This Recipe?

  • That coconut rim! - Reminiscent of snowflakes, that coconut-coated rim is both pretty and delicious.
  • Fabulous coconut flavor - Coconut rum, cream of coconut, and the cocktail's coconut-rimmed glass combine to deliver up fabulous coconut flavor. A Coconut Snowball cocktail may just be a coconut lover's dream.
  • Super easy to make - Coat the rim, shake the ingredients together, and pour. -- That's truly all it takes to whip up this tasty coconut delight.
  • Perfect for winter, Christmas, or Valentine's Day - With its fabulous flavor and pure white hue, a Coconut Snowball cocktail is just perfect for winter, Christmas, or Valentine's Day sipping. But hey, it can certainly be enjoyed any time you'd like.

Coconut Snowball Cocktail Coconut Rim Image

Coconut Snowball Cocktail Ingredients:

A coconut-coated martini glass rim and an all-white coconut cocktail mixture combine to create this beautiful and delicious winter cocktail.

For the coconut-coated glass rims, you'll need:

  • Confectioners' sugar - Forms the base of the "glue" that adheres the coconut to the martini glass rims.
  • Water - Combines with the confectioners' sugar to create an edible "glue" for the cocktails' martini glass rims. Just a tiny bit of water is needed, so add it just a little bit at a time to achieve a dippable consistency.
  • Shredded sweetened coconut - Is adhered to the rim of the glasses to mimic snow for this tasty Coconut Snowball cocktail.
For the cocktail mixture itself, you'll need:

  • 1/2-&-1/2 or light cream - The foundation of the cocktail. In a pinch, whole milk could be used -- but whole milk doesn't create the same rich, creamy texture.
  • Coconut rum - Such as Malibu, which is what we use. Coconut rum layers in 
  • Vanilla vodka - Nicely accents and pumps up the cocktail's coconut flavor. We do not recommend substituting regular vodka as it brings a more harsh alcohol taste.
  • Cream of coconut - Brings the bold and sweetened coconut flavor to the drink. This is the thick, sweet stuff you find with the drink mixers at the grocery store, NOT coconut milk. Do not substitute coconut milk as it will not produce the same coconut flavor result.

Coconut Snowball Cocktail Ingredients Image

How to Make a Coconut Snowball Cocktail:

It's super easy to whip up a batch of Coconut Snowball Cocktails. -- It takes just a handful of ingredients and all of about 5 minutes to prepare.

A coconut rim on the cocktail glass makes this cocktail extra fun. To prepare the coconut rims, first dip the rims in a mixture of powdered sugar and water to moisten them. The powdered sugar-water mixture acts as an edible "glue" to adhere the coconut flakes.

Dipping Martini Glass Rim in Powdered Sugar + Water to Moisten Image

Then immediately dip the moistened rims into shredded sweetened coconut. The coconut will stick and mimic pretty little bits of snowflakes on the rim of your snowball cocktail.

Dipping Martini Glass Rim in Coconut Image

In a cocktail shaker, mix together some coconut rum, cream of coconut, vanilla vodka, 1/2-and-1/2 (or cream), and some ice. Shake until the ingredients are well mixed and chilled, and then pour the mixture into the prepared glasses.

Pouring a Coconut Snowball Cocktail into a Martini Glass Image

Then you're ready to enjoy your delicious Coconut Snowball Cocktail -- all with no actual snow involved!

And that, my friends, is my  kind of snowball. It's simply the perfect snowball for a snow wimp -- and coconut lover -- like me. And we sure hope you enjoy it, too.

Check out these other fabulous Christmas & wintertime cocktails:

White Coconut Snowball Cocktail in Martini Glass Image
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Yield: about 3 cocktails
Coconut Snowball Cocktail

Coconut Snowball Cocktail

Coconut lovers, this Coconut Snowball Cocktail is for you! With its tasty combination of coconut rum, cream of coconut, vanilla vodka, and coconut-rimmed glass, it's full of fabulous coconut flavor. Not to mention, it's a great way to enjoy a snowball -- without having to endure that actual white fluffy stuff itself.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


For glass rims:
  • 2 T. confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 3 T. shredded sweetened coconut
For cocktails:
  • 6 oz. (3/4 c.) 1/2-&-1/2 or light cream
  • 4 oz. (1/2 c.) coconut rum
  • 2 oz. (1/4 c.) vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz. (1/4 c.) cream of coconut (The thick stuff you find with the drink mixers, NOT coconut milk.)


Prepare glass rims:
  1. Place coconut on a small plate and confectioners sugar on a separate small plate.
  2. Add water to the confectioners sugar and mix with a fork until well combined and with no lumps.
  3. Dip the rim of one martini glass in the sugar mixture, ensuring that the entire rim gets well coated. Immediately dip sugared rim in coconut.
  4. Repeat with remaining martini glasses. Set aside.
Prepare cocktails:
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker ¾ full with ice.
  2. Add 1/2-&-1/2, coconut rum, vanilla vodka, and cream of coconut; shake for about 10 seconds until chilled and well mixed.
  3. Strain into prepared glasses.
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  1. I've lived in Michigan my whole life and I am definitely a snow whimp. This is a pretty cocktail and it would be great for Valentine's Day as well. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  2. Yum! This looks wonderful! I think it will be great for Valentine's Day too! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy New Year!

  3. I found that the recipe made 3 cocktails. Nice for Christmas.


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