Does this recipe sound like summer magic or what?! All of the best things of the season packed in a cool, icy glass.
Do you like snow cones? Do you like cocktails? Well, this is a little of a hybrid between the two. Though there’s no alcohol in this recipe as-written (so it’s more of a mocktail you could say) you can always booze it up with some rum or gin.
There’s quite a few recipes for cocktails out there with tons of crushed ice, and every time I order one at the bar, I want to eat the remaining crushed ice in the glass since it still lots of flavor from the cocktail. Hence, this mocktail cooler can be finished with a spoon so you can crush that flavorful ice in your mouth. Though if you think that’s too weird, just drink the thing and call it a day, either way it’s a win win.
The most important thing here is to create a super flavorful syrup or flavoring agent. For this recipe, I chose blackberries and currant since they have a super intense color that looks beautiful, but also lots of flavor. Oh, and feel free to swap the fruits for anything else that’s available at your market — cherries are also super good! — and also add any spice of your liking like star anise, cardamom, or cinnamon. I’ll probably bring this recipe back for the holidays because it’s totally customizable and looks so festive.
But in the meantime, let’s cool down! Scroll down for the recipe.
Recipe: Currant, Blackberry, and Vanilla Icy Cooler
-1 cup blackberries
-1 cup currants
-1 cup brown sugar
-3 cups of water
-Juice of 1 lemon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Lots of crushed ice
-Fresh berries, edible flowers to garnish
-Optional: rum or gin
1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, place the berries, brown sugar, water, lemon and vanilla. Set to low heat on the stove and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until fruit has mostly dissolved and liquid thickens into a syrup. Taste for acidity / sweetness and adjust as needed.
2. Remove syrup from the heat, strain the liquid (discard the solids), place in a heat-proof bottle or container and cool completely.
3. To serve, crush a ton of ice (you can use a blender or a clean cotton tote bag and a hammer). Make sure to crush it quite small so it’s easy to munch on it. Fill a glass with crushed ice. Pour about 2 shots of the syrup, and an extra squeeze of lemon if you want added tartness. Add rum or gin if using. Garnish with berries and edible flowers.
Note: you can serve this with little spoons so your friends can munch on the crushed flavored ice.