Spiked Lemon and Raspberry Snowcones

Spiked Lemon and Raspberry Snowcones

May 17, 2013

I hope you’ll allow me to make this short and sweet; just like these snowcones. I was already late to the gate that I’m writing on Friday AM and then my daughter just called. She’s subletting her apartment for the summer so she can concentrate on her health more and finances less and today is moving day (again…didn’t I just do that?). Someone bailed on her last night (Grrr) and she needs help STAT so mom to the rescue!! But truth is, what kind of story is there that I would share in conjunction with these simple but pretty amazing summer treats?

How about the fact that I have been a snowcone addict my entire life? Forget all of those trucks with ice cream bars (though I do still love me a creamsicle I can’t deny). There had to have been a distinctive tone to that jingle the snowcone man had on his truck because I always knew…and as much as I recognized his particular song, I also knew I would do one half cherry and one half lemon; the blending of tart and sweet was ingrained in me from a very young age!

waringI was shopping with my older daughter a few weeks ago at Costco when I first spied a machine for making snowcone ice. I was salivating at the thought but she reached out to my frugal side and I deferred. But you know how when you make a choice that is maybe the wisest but it’s all you can think about? A silly snowcone machine? But it’s true…and I caved. Now you can shave your ice however you want, use your blender or Blendtec or buy some from Sonic (I love their crushed ice but I REALLY wanted snowcone ice!).  It’s really about these spiked, fruity toppings.

Smirnoff-Sorbet-LightThese are beyond simple…really. Making it even easier are these light flavored vodkas. I’m often asked to sample a variety of flavored vodkas but for the most part, they are not my thing. However, Smirnoff has recently launched a line of light (78 calories per serving) dessert-inspired flavored vodkas.  The inaugural three flavors include Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet, Mango Passionfruit Sorbet, and Lemon Sorbet.  Each contains only 1.3 grams of carbohydrates and 0 grams of fat or protein per 1.5 fluid ounces. I immediately thought of using this vodka for snowcones and no, I’m not letting my girls pry these from my fingers! The bottles are pastel and yes, super girly but I’ll tell you…not one guy passed on the notion of these spiked lovelies. Light and refreshing all the way around!


Now I’m off to help my girl finish packing and I’m glad I have some of these syrups in the fridge…I do think I know how I’ll reward myself later today!

Spiked Lemon and Raspberry Snowcones
To Make the Lemon Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Juice and Zest of two lemons
To Make the Raspberry Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 oz. raspberries
For the spiked snowcones:
  • Vodka
  • Crushed ice
  • Fruit for garnish
  1. For either syrup, bring the water and sugar to a simmer just until sugar dissolves. I made two batches for our two flavors.
  2. Combine the flavorings of your choice with the sugar water, allow to simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and cool.
  3. Strain liquid from fruit (though I did decide to leave the lemon rind in the citrus one).
  4. Refrigerate until cold.
  5. Combine 2 parts simple syrup to one part vodka and pour over crushed ice.
  6. Garnish with fruit of your choice (optional).

I was provided with vodka from Smirnoff to sample however all opinions are my own.

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1 Couldn't Be Parve May 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I think it’s great you bought the snow cone machine! I spent my whole summer of my first pregnancy craving a snow cone and I bet I will have the same thing with this pregnancy, so I am going to keep my eye out next time I’m at costco! The spiked versions sound amazing but at least for this summer I will be perfectly happy with your raspberry and lemon syrups. They sound delicious.


2 Creative Culinary May 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thank you! This is the item; worse case scenario you can get it shipped to you for only $10! I’ve tried other appliances over the years; this is the first one I actually like. :) Hope you’re feeling well…2nd pregnancies can be hard when you’re chasing after a little one!


3 Paula May 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Good Lord! Another move on your plate! I hope it went well and that Lauren is settled and comfortable.

I think it is so cool (no pun intended) that you did cave and buy yourself a snow cone machine. How awesome is this lemon and raspberry one. I think you just invented a cooling adult treat that will give the old Jello Shots (something I’ve never had) a run for their money :)


4 Creative Culinary May 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Luckily it was just moving her personal stuff Paula since she’s moving in with her dad for a couple of months. Oh, and deep cleaning. I thought I showed them by example how nice it is to live in a clean house…are they still rebelling? :)


5 miss messy May 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

Looks delicious! :) i would love one of these!


6 Helene D'souza May 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

Shaved Ice always reminds me of the Caribbeans. They used to shave it from a big block and add some flavors on top of it while singing songs. It was lovely! Love your flavorful cones and you inspired me to make some now. The heat is unbearable in the tropics.

I didn’t know Smirnoff introduced a lighter flavored vodka line. I always enjoyed their products and they make some of the better plain vodkas in the world.


7 Creative Culinary May 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

We had a warm couple of days but now I feel like I must have been dreaming; back in lower 60’s and drizzle; though I know that will change soon and I’ll be ready for making more of these; they were just perfect!


8 peter May 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Honestly, as a beer-lover man I usually don’t like this kind of beverages or cocktails, but now I’m so thirsty and it looks really delicious, I wish I could drink it now:) Unfortunately we don’t have a machine like that but I’ve just bookmarked your post with the recipe to show it my wife:) maybe she will figure out if she could prepare it for me (it’s okay, I’m a little bit selfish…)
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9 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I would use a blender or food processor to make some ice chips if I had to! Hope she works it out for you. :)


10 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 18, 2013 at 2:43 am

I have always loved shaved ice too. I probably would have sprung for it. Tossed caution to the wind!

Hope you’re not too tired from all the moving!
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11 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

So glad I’m not alone; now I’ve got all sorts of idea for things to use it for; it was a good call (well, in the sense that any new kitcheny gadget can be!). :)


12 Wendy Read May 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Evil Genius! Love the look of these and more so…you are such a good Mom. :)


13 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Aw thanks Wendy; nice to hear that sometimes even if it’s from a friend and not a daughter. XOXO


14 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I love snowcones! Love them. What a fantastic idea to spike them!
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15 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Now I am planning my new empire. A truck. Booze. Snowcones. Can you see it now? :)


16 Liren May 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Did you say spiked snow cones? Yes, please!

Barb, I hope all goes well with your daughter’s move. She is lucky to have you swoop in for the rescue; I have been keeping her in my prayers :)
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17 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I’m making more today…come on over!

Thanks Liren; she had a meltdown yesterday but most days she’s strong and doing well. It’s hard to be her age and losing so much; first her hair, then her job and then yesterday leaving her apartment she sublet. I’m OK if she needs her mom occasionally…it’s a forever role.


18 Holly May 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

What a refreshing treat on a hot summer day, these snowcones look great. Snowcones have quite the following in Hawaii and when we lived there I got used to seeing all sorts of flavors– your grown up versions top the best of them!
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19 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

They were so perfect Holly…light in calories and not too much booze. We are now totally addicted.


20 john@kitchenriffs May 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

Great picture! And I love your machine. I’m not a a big snowcone fan (although I certainly will eat one, particularly a nicely spiked one like this!) but I’d love to have that machine so I’d have an easy source of shaved ice. ;-) Fun post – thanks.
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21 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

Yes, I have plans for this machine way beyond snowcones; if it were my home I would find a counter space devoted to it even. :)


22 Andi (The Weary Chef) May 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

These look so good! Sadly, I don’t have a snow cone maker, but I could try some version of these tasty looking cocktails. Thanks for the recipe!
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23 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

However you can get it…Sonic ice is good too and just some ice shaved in a blender should even work. There was just something about that silly machine that I HAD TO HAVE!!


24 Jamie May 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

Oh my. Yes, I should sympathize (or is it empathize?) on your moving-again situation. I should. But these snowcones/ Oh my. I come from Florida and grew up eating snowcones, the only thing that could cool us down and rev us up. Loved them. Ate them constantly. Nothing can replace a good, fruity, icy snowcone. My dad had an ice grinder – hand grinder! – screwed to the garage wall just outside the kitchen door and I loved grinding ice for this kind of treat. I want a snowcone machine and you were so right to buy it. And leave it to you to kick it up ten notches and make an adult snowcone! Brilliant. You really are leaving me no chance… no choice…I must come visit.


25 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

Yes you must. Of course I would rather come to France but you see how far that dream has taken shape right? You, me, snowcones and vodka. We would make it work. :)


26 Jayne May 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

I loved snow cones as a child! I also love the sound of these and the fact that you have a snow cone machine, that is SO cute!


27 Creative Culinary May 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

You know the neighbor kids would be lined up if they knew, right? Some for them and some for me (with the vodka of course!).


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