Limoncello Snow Cones
On a sticky, smoldering day, nothing beats plain old ice – gritty, crunchy, and so cold that you can only handle a little bit at a time. Grownup limoncello snow cones made with a refreshing minty limoncello syrup are worlds more sophisticated (and tasty) than plain ice cubes, more natural than the bright blue stuff you’ll find at your local snow cone stand, and a totally chic way to end a cocktail party (or any adult gathering) on a summer’s eve.
How to Make Limoncello Snow Cones
To make limoncello snow cones, or any snow cones for that matter, you need something that can turn ice into snow. For this, there are several options:
Coming in at around $25, there is the classic Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine [paid link]. I’ve never owned one, but I posted about it on the Cupcake Project Facebook page last night and some said they loved it, while others said that it didn’t work that well and was too much effort.
For just about the same price, you can get a less fun looking, but (according to the reviews) more functional ice shaver from Hamilton Beach [paid link].
Or, you could do what I did and buy a $500 Vitamix blender [paid link]. OK – I didn’t buy this blender just to shave ice, but it was this recipe that pushed me over the edge to make the purchase. I knew that I was going to buy one eventually (our blender was on the outs and I had heard countless raves about Vitamix). Since I was going to get one at some point, I figured now was as good a time as any – no need to buy a snow cone machine that I would be giving away once I got a blender powerful enough to shave ice.
Once you’ve shaved your ice, you’ll need some snow cone cups. Sure, you could use any cups or glasses. But, a snow cone is not really a snow cone unless a cone is involved. The cones were surprisingly hard to find. Some of the snow cone machines come with cones. Of course, my Vitamix did not. I tracked down plain white ones at Williams-Sonoma, but I also adore the stripey ones [paid link] on Amazon (shown above).
Snow cones are typically served with special snow cone straws (shown with the cups above), but I opted to serve mine with cute wooden spoons from Sucre Shop.
OK, you’ve got your ice in cones and you’ve got your straws/spoons; now, all you need to do is to pour limoncello syrup all over them!
Have fun and stay cool!
Limoncello Snow Cones
- ice shaver, snow cone maker, or blender
Limoncello Syrup Ingredients
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons limoncello
Snow Cone Ingredients
- 8 cups ice
Limoncello Syrup Instructions
- Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan on medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar in the water.
- Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Add mint leaves.
- Press on mint leaves with a wooden spoon to release their flavor.
- Simmer for two minutes.
- Remove from heat and mix in the limoncello.
- Strain out the mint leaves and cool the syrup to room temperature.
Limoncello Snow Cone Instructions
- Use an ice shaver, snow cone maker, or blender to turn ice into shaved ice.
- Divide shaved ice into 4 cups and drizzle limoncello syrup on top.
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