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How to Make a Dirty Snowman Coffee Drink at Home: Simple Recipe

Dirty Snowman hot chocolate milkshake dessert drink

Do you get tired of the chill in the air when the weather starts to change? Do you wish you had a drink to sip on while snuggling by the fire that can put a little warmth in your bones? If so, the Dirty Snowman is the drink for you! This mix of hot chocolate, ice cream, and liquor is the perfect wintery drink to warm you up on the coldest of evenings. Here’s a simple recipe you can use to make this delicious booze-laced drink in the comfort of your own home.

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How to Make a Dirty Snowman Drink:

  • ¼ cup melted chocolate
  • ½ cup chocolate shavings
  • 1-pint vanilla ice cream of choice
  • 2 cups hot chocolate
  • ½ cup of Baileys Irish Cream (you can also use Kahlua or RumChata)
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • 2 shallow bowls
  • 2 mugs
  • Ice cream scooper

1. Gather all tools and ingredients.

The first step in this process, as with any recipe, is to gather all your necessary equipment and ingredients so they are on hand when you need them.

2. Add the chocolate to the bowls.

Pour the melted chocolate into one of the shallow bowls. In the other bowl, add the chocolate shavings. This will be used for the rims of your mugs.

3. Dip your mugs.

Dip the rim of your first mug into the melted chocolate then immediately into the chocolate shavings. Repeat this process with the 2nd mug.

4. Add ice cream.

Using your ice cream scooper, add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to each of the rim-dipped mugs.

5. Add hot chocolate and liquor.

Pour the hot chocolate and Baileys over the ice cream.

6. Add the whipped cream.

Add the whipped cream to your drink. You can also garnish with the leftover chocolate shavings if you choose.

7. Drink and enjoy.

Your Dirty Snowman is now ready for you to sip and enjoy.

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Dirty Snowman Recipe Alternatives

As with most recipes, the Dirty Snowman can be switched up a bit. That’s the great thing about making a recipe at home. You get to make it the way you want it. We’re all aware of switching things like milk to a lower-fat option for fewer calories. This can be done with the Dirty Snowman as well. You can control this by the type of chocolate you use and even the type of ice cream. Read on below and see a few ways you can alter this recipe and make it more of your own concoction. With a little creativity, you may come up with your own Dirty Snowman recipes all your friends will be begging for.

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The Booze

As we’ve already mentioned, the Dirty Snowman can be made using different types of liquor. The most popular choices are, of course, Baileys, Kahlua, and even RumChata. If these brands are not high on your list of alcoholic drinks, that’s fine. That’s one of the best things about a Dirty Snowman. You can simply try the recipe with other liquors and find the one best suited for your taste buds. Or, skip the liquor altogether if you want a non-alcoholic option.

The Ice Cream

There’s tons of ice cream out there in the world. You can get low-fat, carb-friendly, and so many options when you browse your local supermarket. Luckily, any of these favorites should work perfectly fine in your Dirty Snowman. You can even try different flavors. Mint ice cream is an ideal option when the holidays are approaching. Some drinkers even brag about the yumminess of cookies and cream when it’s used. Like with the liquor, this is completely up to you and something you can adhere to your preferences easily.

The Hot Chocolate

Taking a look at the recipe above, you may have noticed hot chocolate is a primary ingredient. Let’s answer a couple of questions about this one. Will instant hot chocolate work? Yes, it will. You simply need to make enough for 2 cups. Can I use my hot chocolate recipe and make my own? Of course, you can! A Dirty Snowman should be rich and delicious. You can easily make this happen by adding your personal touch or choosing an instant option you enjoy.

Dirty Snowman hot chocolate milkshake dessert drink

Simple Dirty Snowman Recipe

A Dirty Snowman is a perfect way to warm up the coldest of winter nights. This quick and easy recipe will have you enjoying this “dirty” beverage in no time. Kick back by the fire and sip away.
5 star average
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Servings 2 drink(s)
Calories 556 kcal


  • 2 shallow bowls
  • 2 drinking mugs
  • Ice cream scooper


  • ½ cup shaved chocolate
  • ¼ cup melted chocolate
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream of choice
  • 2 cups hot chocolate
  • ½ cup of Baileys Irish Cream or preferred liquor
  • Whipped cream


  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add melted chocolate to one of the shallow bowls. In the other shallow bowl, add the chocolate shavings.
  • Using one of the serving mugs, dip it into the melted chocolate then immediately dip the same mug into the chocolate shavings. Repeat this process with the other mug to coat your rims.
  • Add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to each mug using your ice cream scooper.
  • Pour the Baileys (or alternate liquor) and the hot chocolate over the ice cream in the mugs.
  • Add the whipped cream to the top of your drinks. The leftover chocolate shavings can also be added if you choose.
  • Drink and enjoy.


Calories: 556kcal
Keyword simple dirty snowman recipe

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The Dirty Snowman is the ideal drink for a snowy, winter evening. That does not mean you can’t drink it anytime, however. If you’re in the mood for a chocolatey drink with a kick, this is your answer. Let’s be honest, what’s better than chocolate, ice cream, and a bit of alcohol together in a mug? Take a shot at this recipe and enjoy the tastiness of your labor.

Featured Image Credit: jpm.foto, Shutterstock


Ollie Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones is a zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia. Originally from the US, he thought he loved coffee before his big move down under, but his discovery of the flat white and the cafe on every corner has taken his coffee passion to a whole new level. He's so excited to share his knowledge and experience with readers worldwide (and keep testing coffee drinks while he's at it).

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