Beer Snow Cones

These grown-up snow cones are made from granita-style beer “snow” and a drizzle of fruity simple syrup. This make-ahead treat will be a hit at your next party!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 14

Ingredients

2
bottles or cans (12 oz each) beer, chilled
Syrup (choose from recipes below)
  • 1 Pour beer into 8- or 9-inch square glass baking dish; freeze 45 minutes. When ice crystals begin to form at edges of dish, stir mixture with fork. Freeze about 3 hours longer, stirring every 45 minutes, until completely frozen. Should be granita texture.
  • 2 To serve, scoop into snow cone papers or lowball cocktail glasses. Drizzle with desired syrup.

    Red Raspberry-Lemon Syrup: In 1-quart saucepan, mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Using vegetable peeler, remove strips of lemon peel (yellow part only) from 1 lemon; add to saucepan. Squeeze juice from lemon; add juice and 1 cup fresh or frozen red raspberries to saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; set aside 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into glass jar; discard solids. Cover jar, and refrigerate until needed. About 1 3/4 cups.

    Blueberry-Lime Syrup: In 1-quart saucepan, mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Using vegetable peeler, remove strips of lime peel (green part only) from 2 limes; add to saucepan. Squeeze juice from limes; add lime juice and 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries to saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; set aside 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into glass jar; discard solids. Cover jar, and refrigerate until needed. About 1 3/4 cups.

    Orange Syrup: To 1-quart saucepan, add 1 cup sugar. Using vegetable peeler, remove strips of orange peel (orange part only) from 1 medium orange; add to saucepan. Squeeze juice from 6 medium oranges (about 1 1/4 cups juice); add juice to saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; set aside 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into glass jar; discard solids. Cover jar, and refrigerate until needed. About 1 1/2 cups.

Expert Tips

The beer snow is great made with lager, pilsner or Hefeweizen beer.

For a nonalcoholic option, replace beer with nonalcoholic ginger beer, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.

Cover and chill any remaining syrups up to 2 weeks. The syrups are great added to iced tea or mixed with sparkling water for a homemade Italian fruit soda.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Snow Cone
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
0mg
0%;
Total Carbohydrate
17g
17%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.