A Drunken Snowman is an adult beverage that combines two types of chocolate, ice cream, hot chocolate, Baileys, and whipped cream. With ingredients like that, I am not sure how this recipe could fail! (Don’t worry–it won’t fail.) It’s perfect for these cold winter months and delightful to sip while sitting next to a warm fire. Try my Blender EggNog for another cold-weather cocktail.


Drunken Snowman Drink Recipe next to Shaved Chocolate
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Drunken Snowman

I can’t remember the last time I built a snowman, but I can sure remember making this Drunken Snowman! It is like the adult version of this fun activity, but without the cold, wet snow and getting bundled up to go outside just to watch it melt a few days later!

Pouring Hot Chocolate Over Ice Cream to make a Drunken Snowman Drink

Ingredients & Substitutions

Hot chocolate: Hot chocolate is one of those drinks that just warms me up on a cold day. In fact, I have a hot cocoa recipe that would go great in this Drunken Snowman.

Baileys Irish Cream: This is an alcoholic beverage made with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. It is delicious on its own, over ice, or, of course, in coffee. You could easily substitute Kahlua or Rumchata. Of course, you could also leave it out to make this drink appropriate for all ages.

Ice Cream: Make your own homemade vanilla ice cream to use in the drink!

This recipe has ice cream in it, so it’s not a drink that will warm you up, but the Baileys that is added will help with that!

Adding Whipped Topping to a Hot Chocolate Drink

How to Make a Chocolate Rim on Your Glass

The first thing I would do to make a Drunken Snowman is pick out a few of your most festive or wintery mugs. Then, get your milk chocolate shavings. If you didn’t buy chocolate shavings, just take out a vegetable peeler and peel away! Set the shavings aside in a shallow dish. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a separate shallow dish. You will be dipping the rims of the mugs in the melted white chocolate, followed by dipping into the shavings.

Overhead of Two Glasses of the Drunken Snowman Drink

Can I Use a Different Alcohol?

Sure! Lots of folks have suggested Kahlua and some use Rumchata. You can opt for any alcohol that you enjoy.

Can I Make This Without Alcohol?

Of course. It is the perfect drink for a family get-together if you opt to leave out the alcohol.

Mug of the Drunken Snowman Cocktail

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Drunken Snowman

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Vanilla ice cream is topped with hot chocolate and Baileys in a chocolate rimmed mug to make this Drunken Snowman.


  • ¼ cup (42g) white chocolate, melted (for glass rim)
  • ¼ cup (42g) milk chocolate shavings (for glass rim)
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups hot chocolate
  • ½ cup Baileys
  • 1 cup (120g) whipped cream, for topping


  • In two separate dishes, pour the melted white chocolate and milk chocolate shavings.
  • Dip the rims of glasses into the melted white chocolate, followed immediately by dipping the rims into the milk chocolate shavings.
  • Add two scoops of ice cream to each glass.
  • Pour the hot chocolate and Baileys on top of the ice cream.
  • Top with whipped cream and any extra milk chocolate shavings.


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Reader Comments

  1. You specified 8 servings. However, that comes out to 1 TBS of Bailey’s per mug, and only 1/4 c of Hot Chocolate (with the 2 scoops of ice cream.) I know I can vary amounts myself, but is this really supposed to serve EIGHT people? The proportions just don’t sound right… Thanks.

  2. Tried this with the hot cocoa linked, couldn’t finish my cup unfortunately was way too rich, my guests agreed. Will have to try it without the marshmallows mixed in I think. Also wasn’t quite sure how much of the Baily’s to mix in each cup(wound up doing 1 shot each) since we had non alcoholic portions for the kiddos.

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