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When I was a kid, my mum used to make Eggnog for Santa at Christmas. I loved it, and still do today, but it's a bit of a faff to make. Having seen Advocaat, a dutch egg yolk based liqueur on supermarket shelves for years and when I learned that it was made with eggs, sugar, and brandy decided it sounded close enough to the Eggnog I know and love to be a promising purchase.
The Advocaat I purchased was Tescos own brand, costing £6.50 for a 70cl bottle, and measuring in at 14%, with a 25ml shot containing 0.7 units of alcohol.
The rear label contained a helpful recipe for a snowball (I'll get to that later) but no other instructions on whether, for example, this should be served chilled, or stored in the fridge after opening - as someone who has a bit of food paranoia anyway, I think this information would have been very useful for me, especially on a product that does, as the front label boasts, contain fresh egg yolks.
For my first taste, I tried it neat, at room temperature. It's quite a thick gloopy pour - sort of like a thin custard in texture, with a bright sunny yellow colour (presumably from the Fresh Whole Egg Yolks Tesco boast about on the label) and a satisfying gluggy noise. It coats the sides of the glass, and has a strong alcohol smell to it. It's really incredibly sweet, feels very rich in the mouth, and has a thick and creamy texture. It also has a very discernible egg yolk taste that was bizarre, and that I didn't entirely like, although I wouldn't go so far as to say it was unpleasant.
Next, I tried the snowball, as recommended on the bottle label (2/3 advocaat, a dash of lime juice, shake them together then top up with fizzy lemonade in a sugar rimmed glass). It resembled thick orange juice with a foam on top, and the first mouthful I got was sweet fizzy foam. Later mouthfuls were an odd combination of fizzy, tangy egg, which I didn't mind too much, but I began to find the yolk aftertaste a bit rich and unpleasant.
Overall, I'm not particularly keen on Advocaat. It tastes reasonable, but the aftertaste doesn't really suit me, and I've yet to find a way of drinking it that I actively enjoy. That said, whilst I didn't actively like it, I also don't dislike it enough to throw the bottle away in disgust, and if I come across any likely serving suggestions for it, I'll give it another try assuming the bottle is ok in the fridge!
3 stars - not terribly unpleasant, but not actually nice either.
OK so most people are either Advocaat lovers or Advocaat haters. I have to admit that I'm absolutely most definitely in the Advocaat lovers camp. I absolutely adore it, and although it's typically associated with Christmas, I'm more than happy to drink it year round! My husband however is in the Advocaat haters camp. I guess that this does have its advantages though, as this then means that the whole bottle of delicious creamy yellow liqueur is mine, all mine! (well unless my mum or my sister come around and want to share it, as they both love Advocaat too!)
Advocaat, or egg nog, or eier likor (egg liqueur) depending upon which country you live in, is a traditional Dutch liqueur made from egg yolks, brandy, vanilla and sugar. It sounds vile I guess - especially the egg yolks part, however it is absolutely delicious. It's a thick liqueur and it's bright yellow in colour - due to those egg yolks. It's smooth and rich and velvety and creamy, and it's sweet - it's not sickly sweet though, it's custardy sweet. It definitely has an eggy taste, a sweet vanilla custard eggy taste. Advocaat is typically around 17% ABV, depending on the brand.
I normally use Advocaat in a Snowball; Advocaat, lemonade, and a squirt of fresh lime juice. Quick and easy, and absolutely delicious. My sister and I were always allowed a Snowball at Christmas time when we got to be teenagers, and I guess that that's where my love of Advocaat, and Snowballs in particular comes from.
I've just recently discovered Fluffy Duck cocktails though, which use Advocaat as one of the ingredients (I guess to give the cocktail that yellow colour associated with little fluffy ducks!), and so I've been making these quite a lot recently. A Fluufy Duck consists of; Advocaat, rum, Cointreau, orange juice and cream. I'm definitely addicted to these, they are rich and creamy, and very alcoholic! They actually make the perfect after dinner cocktail as they are so rich, they basically replace the need for a dessert.
I also like to use Advocaat in desserts; it's gorgeous when just poured over good quality vanilla ice cream, this turns a plain bowl of vanilla ice cream into absolute heaven! I also like to use it to create a flavoured whipped cream; when whipping fresh cream I just add a good glug of Advocaat and there you go egg nog flavoured cream, this is divine, it's especially good when paired with Christmas desserts or puddings.
After writing this review I think I may just head off to the kitchen to make myself a Snowball now, oops better not it's still a bit early!
Advocaat is a drink I have enjoyed for years and the first time I asked my (now wife) out and requested what she'd like to drink, I was over the moon when she asked for an Advocaat! It's unusual, odd and a little bit peculiar - just like her. Egg yolks and brandy was never going to sound very appetizing to anyone, but hey, each to their own, I say. The first time I invited my other half back to my love nest at my student flat, I plied her with vast quantities of home made Advocaat, and the night was a roaring success.
I like to buy this stuff buy the bottle (the supermarket's own brand from Sainsbury's is always a good cheap choice) but I actually prefer to make my own. It's thick and gloopy and it feels like a million thick oysters sitting in your mouth at once before you take your first gulp and it hits you at the back of your throat. Genius!
I love the way my dear other half makes our Advocaat with the large duck eggs we get for free form my farmer friend. Duck eggs, in my opinion, make the BEST Advocaat in the world. The consistency is EXTRA thick and the yellow colour is EXTRA bright yellow and custard-looking - just like a good Advocaat should look.
When made correctly (the way we do) the alcohol by volume in our Advocaat in around 20% - so it's a pretty potent drink. Granted, you cannot drink it too quickly or you will be violently sick, mainly due to it's extremely eggy-thick consistency, but it's filling! A few of these and I feel like I've eaten a large meal - and I am guessing that is due to all the protein from the duck eggs.
On our last wedding anniversary my dear other half and I planned to share a bath, with candles and drink our home-made Advocaat as we lounged to together in pure bliss and reminisced about our married life. The evening went well and we drank copious amounts of this fabulous drink.
I think Advocaat is a drink that you will either really love or rally hate. For (very) special occasions my dear wife will add some supermarket's own brand cheap fizzy lemonade and treat us to a snowball. I like to drink these in our back garden on sunny Sunday afternoons in my deckchair while I watch her sweatily mowing our lawn.
Great drink - not just for Christmas, but if you haven't tried the home made variety yet I suggest you use duck eggs for the best flavour!
Oh, okay, I know I shouldn't like it! At worst it could be considered to be alcoholic raw egg yolks....and at best it could be considered to be alcoholic custard - neither of which, in the cold light of day, sounds good! But, for some completely unknown and crazy reason, I find Advocaat strangely delicious and ultimately compelling. Every time I have drink it, someone wrinkles their nose at me in disgust and says "ugh..." - while others seem to remember that they like Advocaat and declare "Oh, I haven't had that for ages!". In that way, I think its somewhat like Marmite - but I do find it odd how this Dutch never really seems to have gripped the British nation in the way other alcoholic drinks have.
Advocaat is essentially egg yolks and brandy. Ummmm....Yum?? Ok - maybe it doesn't sound yum, but it really is. It looks as you would think beaten egg yolks would look - VERY yellow and custard like. Its very thick and gloopy....almost too thick to be considered a drink - and yet it goes down my throat very nicely. The consistency is something that I would imagine wouldn't be to everyones taste, but having said that, it is partly this thick-custard like consistency which makes it unique. To give you some idea, think Baileys and then times this thickness by three and that should give you some indication. It coats whatever it touches, whether this is your glass or your mouth - but this coating feeling in your mouth actually feels quite warming and reassuring.
The taste and the smell is distinctly eggy - although not in an unpleasant way. The taste I compare it to is a slightly eggier Ambrosia custard that has been mixed with brandy. The brandy taste is actually quite strong and, although you may believe you are drinking a soft girly alcoholic drink, in reality this drink contains somewhere in the region of 17-20% alcohol. That's quite a kick!! Like neat brandy, Advocaat is warming and so its a delicious drink to have in the winter. In the summer, you could make a "snowball" by adding lemonade to the Advocaat at a ratio of 4:1.
There are many different brands of Advocaat, but in my opinion, the best by a long way is Warnicks, which costs about £11 for a large 700 ml bottle. The other brands, such as supermarkets own brands, do tend to get the taste right, but they do not have the gloopiness which I feel is synonymous with Advocaat.
This is a drink you will either love - or hate. Which one are you?
** Advocaat **
I have a love hate relationship with Advocaat. As a child I remeber my nan used to buy it a lot and was a big fan; being a naughty child you would of course always try to get a taste of whatever the grown ups were drinking that you were not allowed to have, but in the case of Advocaat I only got one sip and I loathed it. I also thought it looked like someone had dropped an uncooked eggo on the floor and left it for a few days :o)
Then when I grew up my sister developed a liking for the stuff mixed with lemonade - a "snowball". I'd sometimes get offered a drink and I have to say I didn't mind it at all.
But I still think of Advocaat as very much a girls drink for some reason I can't quite put my finger on.
I still buy bottles of Advocaat from the supermarket as my girlfriend's relation like it and of course for my sister, but I don't think I've ever bought a bottle in for myself -even though I enjoy it on occasion.
But I'm getting a little ahead of myself, for those of you who have never tried the alcoholic drink Advocaat it is a liqueur made chiefly from from eggs brandy. In consistency and creaminess it is perhaps reminiscent of Baileys Irish Cream, though the tastes are incomparable.
To my taste buds Advocaat has a nice warm kick from the brandy and other blended spirits while the egg yolk gives the creamy texture and smoothness.
Not being a connoisseur of Advocaat I only buy the expensive named brands as presents the rest of the time I opt for supermarket home brands to save money as I can't tell any huge difference between them. Branded bottles are often around £11 or £12 but you can easily get this down to £7 or £8 with home brands, possibly even better if you shop around.
** In conclusion **
Advocaat will forever be a girly drink as far as I'm concerned -but that doesn't mean I won't have the odd "snowball" when it's offered :o)
In my list of favourite liqueurs it's way below Baileys but it's very nice once in a while I think
Thanks for reading my review.
Advocaat may be something everyone associates with Christmas, but I ended up buying a bottle in July after being given a "100 Best Cocktails" book and seeing all the exotic mixtures Advocaat seemed to be in. Plus I was fascinated by its ingredients - eggs and alcohol. I mean, who thought of that? Who looks at some eggs and says, I could make a really great drink out of those?! Anyway, I'm reviewing specifically the Warninks brand of advocaat, as that was the only one available in my local Sainsbury's, but there are plenty of other (much cheaper!) versions out there too.
Advocaat is a Dutch drink made from egg yolks, sugar, brandy, vanilla and sometimes cream. Apparently it originated among Dutch settlers in Africa where it was made with avocados, and then approximated with egg yolks back in the Netherlands. Warninks have a similarly long history: they were founded in 1616 and are now the leading producer of advocaat in the world - apparently they use over 40 million fresh eggs each year, so that tells you something about how eggy this drink really is!
Warninks Advocaat comes in a clear glass bottle with a red top and a red stamped label reading "Warninks" over some curly black designs which sort of pick up on the curves of the bottle. It's a really retro, old-time bottle which is fascinating just to look at. For ages I thought the bottle itself was yellow, but it's clear which allows you to see the colour of the drink. And what a colour it is! It's bright, vivid yellow, completely opaque and obviously really creamy. It's so bright that it looks like cartoon poison or something (don't worry, it doesn't taste like it - nor does it kill you!)
~~SMELL AND TASTE~~
It may not taste like poison, but there's no getting around it, Advocaat smells and tastes like...egg. Yep. A big whiff of the bottle gives a sweet, creamy, vanilla scent, underpinned with a definite, very strong base of alcohol and an even stronger base of egg. A taste reveals that it's not like drinking scrambled, boiled or fried eggs (thankfully, because just typing that sentence makes me feel ill) but yes, there is a very distinct taste of egg in there. It's so thick and creamy, the closest thing to the taste that I can think of is a vanilla-flavoured but particularly eggy custard with a kick of alcohol (17.2%) behind it; as it's so thick, it kind of sticks to your mouth once you've swallowed it. Needless to say, it's absolutely bizarre and I'm not that sure I like it - it's much better mixed with some lemonade, as that evens out the thickness and gives it some much-needed sharpness.
When I first bought a bottle of Advocaat I wasn't sure if it was a fridge or cupboard drink - after all, it's eggs and alcohol, not the most obvious combination. Information about this isn't widely available (I checked the label, looked on the internet and asked in the shop) but I can tell you that once it was opened, my bottle sat quite happily in my room-temperature drinks cupboard for months with no ill-effects. I reckon chilling the bottle might be quite nice (it would make it really thick and perhaps more refreshing) but you certainly don't have to.
My mum drinks this neat, dipping into it with a cocktail cherry on a stick, but that's a bit much for me! If you're going to have it neat, I'd recommend sticking a few ice cubes into your glass first.
Probably the most famous cocktail involving Advocaat is the classic Snowball:
2 measures Advocaat
1 measure lemonade
Squeeze of lemon or lime
Personally I do quite like a Snowball, but I do prefer a larger amount of lemonade as the Advocaat gets ridiculously sickly very quickly. As advocaat is so thick, make sure you stir this really well otherwise you end up with a layer of advocaat at the bottom of your glass with some weedy, watery-looking liquid on top. If you have some crème de cacao, you can mix some in with the lemonade to make the interestingly named "Fluffy Duck".
If you're into shots, the vibrant colour of advocaat makes for some really wacky combinations - "Squashed Frog" is an interesting layered shot:
1 measure advocaat
1 measure Midori
½ measure grenadine
Basically, you put the grenadine into your shot glass first, then gently pour in the other drinks - they end up striped in layers!
I've also found that advocaat mixes really well with pineapple juice; it sounds horrendous but for some reason turns out quite delicious - maybe the acidity of the pineapple cuts through the creaminess or something. Anyway, if you do decide to try this, make sure you shake it really hard to ensure there's no nasty curdled layer.
As with storage information, nutrition information is a bit of a pain to get hold of - there's nothing on the back of the bottle, so I consulted the trusty internet for some facts and figures. According to caloriecount.com, one 25ml shot of advocaat (unspecified brand) is 65 calories and 1.5g total fat. Which is really not that bad at all, considering how thick and creamy this stuff is; if you want a creamy alcoholic fix, you could definitely do worse than a glass of advocaat. Shame you have to go searching all over the internet for calorie content, though.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
I've seen advocaat (particularly Warninks) everywhere. I bought a 70cl bottle in my local Sainsbury's for just under £10, which seems to be the standard price just about everywhere too; if you're not fussy about having Warninks then you can pick up a bottle of another brand advocaat for about £5 - again, it's widely available.
Advocaat is quite a fun drink to have, particularly at Christmas, but it's a bit too sickly and eggy for me to have neat, or very much at a time. (I know it's a bit of a classic, but that's just my opinion - it's much better mixed with something, but even then I can only manage one glass!) If you're going for advocaat, Warninks is really good quality and not too expensive either. And if you fancy getting creative with your cocktails, it's a staple ingredient for anything creamy and/or custardy, so bar enthusiasts might like to keep a bottle handy.
I think many of us will have memories of Christmas time and of being allowed a snowball (half advocaat and half lemonade with a shot of lime juice) it is the only time I thought people ever drunk Advocaat.
Advocaat is a distinctive thick yellow alcoholic drink made of eggs, sugar and brandy. It resembles a creamy custard and and has a smooth custard like taste. You would only ever have a small measure as it is so dense and creamy but delicious.
Advocaat is more commonly drunk in Europe and can often be found in hot drinks and cocktails. I have found many interesting combinations on the Internet including a Dutch liquor, coffee and Advocaat. A coral reef which contains Advocaat, pineapple juice and lime juice. A very interesting one is an Evergreen which is Creme de menthe, vodka, Advocaat and lemonade. You would however be more likely to see me with a small glass dipping my finger in and licking it off. If you like the texture of Baileys you will probably enjoy this. One of the pleasures is tasting it on the roof of your mouth after drinking. it is very moorish.
I am a real lover of Advocaat and for the last 10 years or so I have been making an Advocaat cake from a recipe given to me by a family member in Berlin. She passed away recently and I wanted to share her recipe with you so that you may enjoy it too. This cake is very popular and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't like it. It is probable the simplest cake that there is to make so good luck and enjoy.
300g icing sugar
125g plain flour
125g potato flour (from health food shops)
15g baking powder (1 sachet from Lidl or Aldi)
2 tsp vanilla sugar or 1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 litre vegetable oil
1/4 litre Advocaat
Heat oven to gas mark 1 or 140 degrees for 1 hour
Grease a large cake tin. This cake quadruples in size so beware.
Measure the oil and Advocaat together in a jug.
Put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl, add the eggs and then begin to add the wet mixture whilst whisking. Whisk for 5 minutes until you can see lots of bubbles forming on the top.
It is so simple to make and is light fluffy and absolutely delicious. this is definetely an elegant grown up cake that is addictive. Be warned one slice is never enough.
I hope that if you do try this recipe you enjoy it as much as we do. It would make my auntie very happy to know that others were still enjoying her recipes.
I usually buy my advocaat from one of the German or swedish budget stores, Aldi, Lidl or Netto as it is very cheap and is good quality.
Warning contains alcohol! it is usually between 14-20% alcohol content
Given that it's the Christmas period and all, I absolutely had to pick up a bottle of Warninks Dutch Advocaat up. Generally I try to grab the cheaper £5 versions but they sell out SO QUICKLY before Christmas that unless you grab them in November, you don't really have a chance. I had to "settle" for the more expensive version, but it's worth the cost so I don't really mind.
Advocaat is a gorgeous drink that blends egg, sugar and brandy in a lovely, yellow concoction. It can be drunk neat, but most people mix it with lemonade to form what is typically known as a "snowball". It tastes very nice and has always been a favourite of mine in the holiday season ever since I was young. I believe it is very similar to what the Americans call "egg-nog". When you add the lemonade, it of course means you're not putting much alcohol at all in your drink, so for those who want something delicious that won't get them too sloshed but is still very festive!
The drawbacks? Well, the Warninks version is quite expensive - a bottle is £9, but then to be honest you'd pay way more than that for Bailey's, JD or other drinks, and when dilluted with lemonade it will last a long time, so it's not so bad.
The other one? Well, it may be hazardous to idiots. Last year I rather stupidly left a glass of Advocaat on my bedside table over night, then finished it off when I woke up, forgetting that it has egg in it that will have gone stale overnight, and I was then ailed with the most crippling bout of food poisoning that anyone has ever seen. It was horrible and I sure learned my lesson!
In short, if you're not a moron like me, you'll probably love Advocaat, although the Dooyoo reviews on here are quite tepid, it seems.
Christmas is not the same for me without my usual tot (or two) of dutch advocaat, I always buy warninks now as other cheeper brands for me just dont have the same quality taste.
When I was younger my mum introduced me to this drink and I loved it. Its not a strong drink so you can drink quite a lot of it and has no ill effect. I felt so posh and grown up when I had the cherry on a stick with it.
I make up the drink by pouring a small amount of advocaat in a glass first then adding lemonade to it, I always find you need to stir it with a spoon or you end up with a watery liquid on top and a thick heavy mixture at the bottom. Then comes the cherry on a stick for the top!! You can also add lime and then it's called a snowball.
Warninks is on offer in asda at the moment priced at £8.69 its normally around the £10 mark.
The bottle is 70ml and has a 17.2% vol, it's produced in Holland, its made with eggs, sugar and brandy and it does state that you can drink this neat or with a mixer, I personally hate this neat as I find it too thick and heavy, but my sisiter in law loves it neat.
For me christmas would not be the same without it!!
I always associate advocaat with Christmas as this is usually the only time that it gets drunk at our house. Warninks is one of the biggest producers of advocaat and they use an estimated 60 million egg yolks a year. The commercial drink is made from grape spirit, sugar, vanilla and usually an emulsifying agent.
Advocaat originates in Holland although the idea for the drink is believed to have originated in Dutch Brazilian settlements where planters fermented a drink made from the fruit of the Avocado tree. When the planters returned home they were no longer able to use avocados so they changed the original name of the drink to advocaat and used eggs for the main ingredient.
Advocaat is a thick yellow liquid the colour of egg yolk that pours slowly from the bottle. It is commonly diluted with lemonade. Add a drop of lime and a cherry and I think you get a Snowball. In our house we sometimes add a shot of vodka which isn't really necessary as the alcohol content is already about 17%. Whatever you add you'll end up with a pleasant mellow sweet tasting concoction. I don't have a sweet tooth but I can easily down two or three of the vodka variety without a problem... although it's best not to drink it with Guinness.
A 70cl bottle of Warninks advocaat at Tesco's costs just under £10 a bottle. This seems to be the average price. Tesco do their own brand for just under £5 but I would recommend Warninks as the best quality brand.
No, I don't know what it means either..but Advocaat is apparently basically egg nog with a dash of some sort of alcohol. People seem to love it or hate it or associate it with granny's drinks cupboard! Personally I have phases of liking it. It comes in a standard size bottle (75cl) for about £6 and is instantly recognisable by it's somewhat egg-yolky yellow colour - I've only ever seen it made by Warninks although there may well be some supermarket brands out there. The bottle has a 'classic' label which hasn't changed for as long as I can remember! It is a very thick looking, slow pouring, somewhat unappealing in appearance drink but if, like me, you have a penchant for Snowballs, you'll like it! Ah yes! Snowballs, sickly but very drinkable, especially for "the ladies". This drink consists of a measure of Advocaat, a dash of lime and a liberal measure of lemonade usually decorated (in a good pub!) with a few cherries and a slice of orange or lemon on a cocktail stick. A drink which is expensive, sticky, delicious and bar stewards hate making it (I know from experience!) If, for home use, you're not so adventurous this drink is nice just mixed with lemonade or even neat with some ice - though it is very sweet and sickly and large amounts may induce nausea! Other than the classic Snowball and drinking it neat I know of no other cocktails/drinks which include the virulent Advocaat! A bottle seems to have a very long shelf life, so, if like me, you only tend to have the occasional Snowball around Christmas it won't be wasted. Maybe you might like to experiment with it? Or just look at it in amazement?! Either way I recommend you try it at least once!
I have only ever had this drink once and that was enough. A friend of mine thought this was the best drink ever and offered it to me one christmas. I thought I might as well try in and took a big glass of it. I wish I hadn't. It was terrible. It is made with eggs. That would put anyone off. It is quite thick and syrup like. It also has a smell which would probably put you off. I don't think alcohol and raw eggs mix! There isn't a lot of alcohol in it, maybe about 15% but i'm not sure. When I drank it I couldn't taste any alcohol in it. It is about £12 for a 70cl bottle. It is not worth it and I would like to know anyone who likes it. There are a lot better drinks than this around.
Well, this is going to be a rather short but sweet opinion. But theres not much you can say about such a DISGUSTING liquid. The one thing about it that makes it so disgusting is that it contains RAW EGG, so dont drink it if you're pregnant (or dislike raw egg for that matter!) The egg makes it smell awful as well. The last time I smelt it when my friend was drinking it I heaved! The consistency of it is like thick cream - EW YUK! Even thinking about it getting in my mouth right now is making me sick! It is quite a sweet drink, and the egg does overpower it - people usually disguise this by making "Snowballs". Snowballs are basically Advocat and Lemonade, I remember working behind a bar and only ONE person (a regular) asked for it - YES! only ONE person ever asked for a snowball - she was the only person who drunk the stuff. That just shows how unpopular and gross the stuff actually is! So my advice is to try it, but only if its someone elses, dont waste your money on such a disgusting drink! But hey! if you do buy it theres always someone who likes it - like your Great Aunt Cynthia or someone who only ever comes round like every 5 years! And maybe I'm wrong and you could be one of the VERY FEW people who like it!
Advocaat (or advokatt) is a rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy. It has a smooth, somewhat bland taste fairly similar to almonds. In English-speaking countries it generally contains 15% alcohol (30 proof), but in Continental Europe the typical alcohol content differs from country to country and is generally somewhere between 14% and 20% ABV. Famous makers of advocaat include Warners, Bols, Verpoorten, Warninks and De Kuyper.