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Snowflake Martini Recipe

Snowflake Martini can give your holiday table a winter wonderland look with coconut flakes and sparkling sugar crystals on top. The creaminess from the heavy cream and iciness of Captain Morgan blended with white chocolate liqueur makes it even more delicious and crisp. You can even add food coloring to make it whatever color you like. It is like dessert in a glass.

Although nobody is completely sure where the martini came from, some say it was from a type of vermouth. Others say it was from a cocktail named the Martinez, which was served in the 1860s in the San Francisco Occidental Hotel. This was invented by Jerry Thomas, a famous bartender who worked there during the 1800s for a customer who was on his way to the city of Martinez.

Ingredients needed:

  • Captain Morgan: You can use white rum or any of the others. Try spiced rum for the holiday season or cherry vanilla for a sweeter taste.
  • White chocolate liqueur: The most popular brand is Godiva white chocolate liqueur which has an outstanding flavor without any bitter aftertaste.
  • Heavy cream: This adds a delicious creaminess and gives it a white look to match its name. 
  • Ice: Cubed ice is best for shaking the martini ingredients.

For the rim:

  • Lemon wedge: To wet the rim of the glass.
  • Coconut flakes: It looks like snowflakes on your glass and adds a touch of holiday spirit.
  • White sanding sugar crystals: Mixed with coconut flakes for a sweet and white rim.

How to make a snowflake martini from scratch?

  1. Prep the plates: First, pour a little rum on one small plate and sugar mixed with coconut on another plate.
  2. Coat with lemon: Now, coat the rim of your martini glass with lemon.
  3. Dip it in coconut sugar: Then, dip the rim into the rum before rolling it in the sugar and coconut mixture.
  4. Add the liquor and cream: After, add white chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, and Captain Morgan rum to a cocktail shaker.
  5. Shake well: Next, add the ice and shake until well mixed, for about 30 to 45 seconds.
  6. Drain and serve: Finally, drain the mixture and pour it into your prepared glass to serve.

Recipe variations:

  • Vanilla vodka: Try vanilla vodka instead of Captain Morgan for a crisp and refreshing drink.
  • Make it minty: If you like mint, use peppermint schnapps instead of Captain Morgan.
  • Add juice: Make your cocktails sweet with fruit juice added such as apple, orange, or pineapple juice.
  • Add fruit: In fact, you could add some maraschino cherries, orange wedges, or pineapple slices on top to give your drinks a delicious fruitiness.
  • Blue Curacao: Speaking of fruit, give your cocktail a citrusy tang by adding an ounce of blue Curacao. It also turns your martini blue for a wintery look.
  • Sweeter: You can add even more sweetness with a tablespoon of honey.
  • No lemon: Feel free to use a lime or orange wedge if you do not have lemon.

Frequently asked questions

What are the three types of martinis?

The traditional or regular martini is made with two parts vodka or gin and one part dry vermouth. The dry martini has only a half-ounce of dry vermouth and 2.5 ounces of gin or vodka. And the extra dry martini has five ounces of gin and just a splash of vermouth.

Can I just stir my martini?

At the bar or on television you may have heard the bartender ask if you want it shaken or stirred. Believe it or not, there is a difference. Shaking your martini makes your cocktail more diluted because it can add ice chips when it breaks up. If you want a full-strength martini without any ice breakage to water it down, just stir it. 

Do I have to use a cocktail shaker?

No, you can use anything to shake your snowflake martini. The cocktail shaker just makes it easier. It also gives it a colder and more diluted drink. You could actually just use a glass jar or anything with a lid to shake your martini. But to keep it from being too diluted, drain it before serving. 

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: You can store your leftover snowflake martini in an airtight container like a mason glass or any glass with a lid. It will stay fresh for 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Freeze: You cannot freeze your martinis because of the alcohol content but you can make slushies if you put it in the freezer overnight in a freezer-safe container.

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Snowflake Martini

Snowflake Martini can give your holiday table a winter wonderland look with coconut flakes and sparkling sugar crystals on top.

a glass of creamy snowflake martini with Christmas lights in the background
  • Prep Time7 MIN
  • Cook Time
  • Servings 1 martini


  • 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur
  • 2 oz. Captain Morgan
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or creamy coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 lemon wedge for the rim
  • 1/4 cup white sanding sugar for the rim
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut flakes for the rim


  • In a flat shallow bowl mix the shredded coconut and sanding sugar.
  • Use the lemon wedge, to run it around the rim of the glass to wet it. After that, dip it in the sanding sugar mixture until the rim is coated.
    dipping the rim of a martini glass in shredded coconut and sanding sugar
  • Combine white chocolate liqueur with Captain Morgan and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake very well until cooled.
    adding alcohol to a glass with white creamy cocktail
  • Strain the mixture into the prepared glass and serve. Double or triple the recipe if you want.
    overhead shot of snowflake martini

Nutrition Facts

Recipe tips:

  • Be sure to drain your martini after shaking to remove any ice chips that can dilute your drink. 
  • Instead of shaking, gently stir your snowflake martini to keep the ice from breaking. 
  • If you do not have heavy cream, you could use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt. 
  • To make your coconut and sugar stick better, try using honey or syrup. 
  • For a snowflake martini with less creaminess, just leave out the cream. 
  • Make Grinch martinis by adding green food coloring gel to your cocktail.
  • To make a virgin snowflake martini for those who do not drink, use club soda or sparkling water instead of alcohol. Then add your favorite juice.

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Such a perfect drink for the holidays! Thanks so much!

katerina @

katerina @

Such a fabulous cocktail! I love it!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Such an amazing drink! You had me on this!



I love how festive and upscale this drink looks and how easy it is to make. That's a great combination!

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