The Dirty Snowman

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It’s rare that I peruse a men’s clothing catalog, because my husband isn’t a stylin’ kind of guy. Which is fine with me, since I’m not either. We probably often look like a couple of vagrants.

But during the catalog-intense period of time prior to Christmas, I happened to check out a men’s catalog that intrigued me. It’s called Huckberry, and the catalog pages were cute, with photos like this one.

But what got me excited was a cocktail recipe that was in the catalog, called The Dirty Snowman.


It contains cognac and dark beer, neither of which I like. I think it was the chocolate and hazelnut rim on the glass that got my attention!

Here’s the recipe:

The Dirty Snowman
Makes 1 drink

Cocoa nibs and chopped hazelnuts, for garnish (I used chopped bittersweet chocolate)
1/2 ounce simple syrup, plus a little extra for the rim
1 teaspoon cocoa nibs (again, chopped bittersweet chocolate)
1 1/4 ounce cognac
3 ounces dark beer (I used Guinness)
Splash coconut milk (I used freshly whipped cream)

Use simple syrup to rim a glass with the hazelnuts and chocolate.



In a shaker, muddle the 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, and 1 teaspoon of chocolate.

Add the cognac and shake well with ice.

Strain into the rimmed glass, add ice, and top with beer.

They suggest floating a splash of coconut milk on top, which could be tasty, but I preferred to add unsweetened whipped cream.

My husband loved it, and suggested I make some on Christmas eve.

Oh, and it turns out that Huckberry sells much more than men’s apparel. Cute stuff.

38 thoughts on “The Dirty Snowman

  1. Do you think it’s more of a man’s drink? Although I can’t see most men messing about with chopped Hazelnuts and cocoa nibs!!?! I like cognac and whipped cream but can’t do the taste of any beer. What a dilemma? But I will have to try it – my husband will think I’ve gone quite mad and blame it on Christmas craziness. Oh well!!!

    Enjoy the festive season!

    • Hahahaha! Well then the drink is completely fitting to the season! With the whipped cream it’s probably not a “man’s” drink, but I don’t think it’s completely “girly” either! It’s quite interesting, and tasted like Christmas to me!

  2. It’s amazing where we can inspiration for our recipes- imagine finding a recipe in a men’s clothing catalogue! I am a not a beer-drinker, but this cocktail might suit me, especially if it has chocolate!

    • Fun! I just finely chopped good chocolate for better flavor, although it was certainly hard to muddle the chocolate! There’s got to be a better way to make this drink. Oh, my husband said the whipped cream was integral.

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