On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

My dad introduced me to Frosty’s Snowball.  Yup, our final post is a guest post…complements of Dad.  I sent him an email last week and told him that the finale of this boozy compendium was going to occur while with him and Mom for Christmas.  I also confessed that I was about out of ideas and tired of mixing cocktails and asked if he would be willing to take it all home.  It didn’t take a lot of arm twisting.

When he announced that we would be indulging in a milkshake that contained Fireball I was…skeptical.  It sounded like it could go wrong fast…on a lot of different levels.  When he explained how the recipe came about (a gathering of a dozen or so men in their “clubhouse”) a flutter of apprehension joined the skepticism.

I was pleased that Mom dug around to find an appropriate glass for photographic purposes.  And handed me a place mat to add to the festive air.  Dad lined up the ingredients, piled on the whipped cream and added sprinkles.  (The husband didn’t get whipped cream and sprinkles on his drink.  Just sayin’).

After shooting an appropriate number of photos I took a sip.

Good.  Surprisingly good.

I asked about the simple syrup, an unexpected ingredient.  He explained that his Dad used to add simple syrup to his shakes back when he owned the local Dairy Dream (many, many a year ago).  It adds richness and sweetness.  Not that the shake needed to be any richer or sweeter.  I actually passed the last 1/3 of mine to the husband.  Good…really good…but really rich.

So, we’ve done it.  Twelve whole days of cocktails.  Pomegranate, cranberry, sparkling, fizzy, creamy, minty.  I think we’ve about covered it all.  I will leave you with the recipe for Frosty’s Snowball and a toast.  Hope your holidays have been sweet and festive and….boozy.


Frosty’s Snowball (2 servings)

1 c milk or eggnog
3 tblsp vanilla or simple syrup (recipe below)
3 oz (or more) Fireball
6 big scoops (or more) good quality vanilla ice cream (he used Tillamook)

Cinnamon simple syrup:
In a small sauce pan add 1 1/2 c sugar and 1 1/2 c water.  Add 4 cinnamon sticks.  Bring to a boil, then simmer 10 minutes.  Cool. Remove cinnamon sticks.

Vanilla simple syrup:
In a small sauce pan add 1 1/2 c sugar and 1 1/2 c water.  Bring to a boil then simmer 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, allow to cool then add 2 teaspoons vanilla.

For the cocktail:
Using a hand or regular blender add milk, simple syrup and Fireball.  Add ice cream.  Blend until mixed well.  If liquid is thin, add more ice cream.  To serve, pour into your favorite cocktail glass, top with whipped cream and sprinkles.


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