You know those snowy days where you just don’t want to leave the house? The snow has freshly fallen, the roads are covered, and there’s nothing better than hunkering down inside. But after movies and hot chocolate around 4… or maybe 12 if it’s a weekend… it’s happy hour time! Why not use nature’s ice crystals in your winter warmer? I’ve got three easy snow cocktail recipes you should try ASAP.
Tips for Using Snow in Cocktails
First, the most important tip of all, use clean snow!
I know, this one might seem like a no brainer, but I’m still including it. If you have a spot where snow accumulates and is protected from the elements, get your snow here. I happen to have a covered back patio that tends to get a nice coating of snow so I go there first. Obviously, I focus on the upper level and leave a layer of snow between what I use and the ground.
Cocktails require more snow than you might think
Snow is like crushed ice, but finer, meaning when combined with liquor it will melt quickly. So keep in mind, you will need plenty to create an appropriately frosty concoction. Take a big bowl and fill it with snow for mixing.
Unless you are making snow balls, use fresh snow
If you try to store snow in the freezer, the texture changes. If you pack the snow into balls, it lasts a bit better, but these cocktails are best made when the snow is fresh outside and you are stuck at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
Don’t forget, you can also make fake snow!
Of course, if you would prefer to not depend on the weather or if you’re having a party and want a fun seasonal cocktail to serve, you can also purchase a shaved ice machine. Sure, the texture isn’t exactly the same as snow, but it’ll still get a fun and fluffy ice consistency.
And Now, Three Easy Snow Cocktails
Pack a pint glass with snow. Fill with prosecco about 3/4 full (or less if you like a more juicy mimosa). Top off with juice, leaving extra room at the top. Add a handful of fresh snow to finish and a straw or long spoon.
The Abominable Snowmanhattan
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes bitters
Pack snow into a large snowball that will fit into a rocks glass. Place in rocks glass. Pour bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters over snowball. Top with a generous handful of fresh snow and serve with a small straw or cocktail pick for stirring. Garnish with a bourbon-soaked cherry or orange peel if desired. The drink will turn slushy as you stir and sip.
The Spicy Snow Blitz
1 1/2 oz. Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine
1/2 oz. St-Germain
Prosecco to taste
Lemon peel, for garnish
Pack a coupe glass with snow. Pour in Belle Isle Moonshine, St-Germaine, and fill with prosecco, leaving a little room at the top. Top with an extra handful of snow and serve with a stir stick or small spoon. Garnish with a lemon peel.