Item: Warninks Advocaat
Bought in: Morrisons
HO HO HO - I LOVE CHRISTMAS and for Christmas 2012 (in to 2013) I decided to "treat" all my friends to a pre Christmas Eve Dinner drink! Results below.
This comes in a standard smooth glass "spirits" bottle. If you hide the name of the bottle it actually could be mistaken for a vodka bottle. So the actual bottle isn't very exciting but the colour and labelling IS! So this is a bright yellow product, you don't see many of those on the shelves so this catches you eye straight away. It has a red bottle top too which I think actually clashes with the yellow colour but as this has been the design since the 70s (or maybe before) I can understand that back then that may have been high fashion haha The name diagonally across the front of the bottle is "Warninks" and I think it is quite funny as it actually looks from afar like it is saying "warning" as it is in Red and White. Above and below the big "warning" sign is a swirly design in black with the following details in red and black fonts "Advocaat Original, produce of Holland, 17.2% and 70cl" so the front is quite informative.
What is this stuff and why would you drink it?
I remember my gran drinking a "snow ball" back in the 80s at Christmas time and it consisted of "egg nog" and lemonade. Which was actually Advocaat and lemonade. I was allowed to taste a tiny bit on the tip of my finger and I remembered it being creamy and sweet. Advocaat is basically a mix of egg yolks, brandy, vanilla and sugar. (Egg nog in a bottle). I bought this thinking I would make "snow balls" for my friends before we went out for our Christmas Eve dinner. I set out high ball glasses and filled with ice. I then poured in a 50ml measure of Advocaat and topped up with lemonade. Advocaat is really quite thick so I had to stir this up with a cocktail mixing spoon to actually mix it through the lemonade. It created a bit of a bubbly froth on top of the drink so I gave everyone a straw to avoid milk moustaches. Advocaat to me smells like a combination of a fresh baked eggy sponge and an ice cream float. Once you add it to lemonade it tastes like an ice cream drink too made with a really creamy ice cream. I liked mine but could only manage one. My guests were somewhat shocked at what I had served up, it looked like an ice cream float and tasted like an ice cream float so was a bit strange to be drinking before dinner but hey it was all in the spirit of Christmas. ( A star off for it being quite a heavy drink)
This was a bit of a novelty drink just for Christmas and although it wasn't horrible I wont be buying it again for a while......well maybe until next Christmas haha
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!)
The brand of Advocaat that I always buy is Warnincks, for no other reason than this was the brand of Advocaat that my mum always bought when I was growing up, and she still does buy Warnincks Advocaat even now.
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. Warnincks Advocaat is 17.2% ABV.
I normally use my Warnincks 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.
In fact I think I may just head off to the kitchen to make myself a Snowball now!
A delicious liqueur made from 4 ingredients: Egg yolks, brandy, vanilla and sugar. The essential ingredient in the traditional 'Snowball' cocktail (with lemonade and a dash of lime juice) or delicious enjoyed neat or over ice cream. Always serve chilled.