Aperol Snow Cone

Our favorite spritz ingredient shows up in a grown-up snow cone
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Aperol Snow Cone
Photo: Katie B. Foster/Tasting Table

Who didn’t love a cold, frosty snow cone as a kid? Now’s the time to bring back the nostalgia with an adult twist on the dessert. Inspired by our favorite summer cocktail, the Aperol Spritz, this snow cone is topped with a ginger-and-mint syrup spiked with the Italian liqueur. It’s a bitter, sweet and refreshing way to end a meal on a hot day.

Snow cones not your thing? Add four ounces of sparkling wine, and you’ve turned this treat into a slushie cocktail perfect for summer.

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Aperol Snow Cone

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus cooling time

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time


½ cup sugar

¼ cup water

3 mint sprigs

1 lime, zested with a peeler

One 1-inch piece ginger, sliced

½ cup Aperol

Finely crushed ice, for serving

Lime wedges, for serving


1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, mint, lime zest and ginger over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continuously stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

2. Strain the mixture and reserve the syrup in a small bowl. Stir in the Aperol to incorporate.

3. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of syrup over each cup of crushed ice, then serve with lime wedges.

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