Snowball Brandy Cocktail


A classic brandy fizz, the snowball cocktail is interesting and, despite its name, it’s great year-round. It’s very similar to the popular gin fizz and was likely first published in 1899 in “Applegreen’s Bar Book.”

At its most basic, the snowball is a mixed drink of brandy and ginger ale. It’s likely that the first versions used soda water along with sugar rather than simple syrup. While the egg white is optional, it is often found in classic cocktails and will impart a lush texture and foamy top to the drink.

The comforting quality of the brandy and the frothiness from the egg white make this a great winter drink. Then again, it’s also tall and refreshing, so it’s a nice option for summer, too. No matter the season, give it a try whenever you’re in the mood for a brandy cocktail that’s both stimulating and easy to mix up.

Snowball Brandy Cocktail

Snowball Brandy Cocktail

  • Author: Maki Hojo
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Easy



  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Optional: 1​ egg white
  • ginger ale


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the brandy, simple syrup, and egg white.
  2. Shake vigorously to ensure the egg is properly mixed.
  3. Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Top with ginger ale. Serve and enjoy!


Skip the egg if you like and you will have a tall, refreshing brandy and ginger ale drink.

Adjust the simple syrup to suit your personal taste. This may vary from one brandy to the next as well.

Rather than ginger ale, pour unsweetened soda water such as seltzer or club soda instead.

If you want to brighten it up, the snowball is pretty good with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice as well.

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