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!
I 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.
These 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!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Juice and Zest of two lemons
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 oz. raspberries
- Crushed ice
- Fruit for garnish
- For either syrup, bring the water and sugar to a simmer just until sugar dissolves. I made two batches for our two flavors.
- Combine the flavorings of your choice with the sugar water, allow to simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and cool.
- Strain liquid from fruit (though I did decide to leave the lemon rind in the citrus one).
- Refrigerate until cold.
- Combine 2 parts simple syrup to one part vodka and pour over crushed ice.
- Garnish with fruit of your choice (optional).
I was provided with vodka from Smirnoff to sample however all opinions are my own.