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.