Snow Cocktails

It’s finally here, kids: the first official day of winter. If you live somewhere like Florida or California, today is probably just another wonderful warm day for you. However, if you live anywhere with seasons, today is just sad and cold.


We’ve already gotten a decent amount of snow and we know there’s plenty more where that came from to keep us busy until well into March (though an April surprise is always possible). Instead of looking at the snow as a bad thing, we wanted to make it a little better for you by sharing some cocktail recipes that use snow as an ingredient. That way, when the snow begins to fall, you can get psyched to drink rather than defrost your windshield.


Igloo Cocktail

We always thought living in an igloo would suck, but if it involves making these igloo cocktails, we’re down.


  • Put about 2 cups of snow in a tall glass and pour 1 cup of lemonade on top of the snow.


  • Add 3 oz. vodka to the top of the snow in the glass. Then, top the igloo cocktail with grenadine syrup.


  • Don’t mix the cocktail. The ingredients are meant to seep into the snow.


Kentucky Snow Cone

A version of this Kentucky Snow Cone is sold at Hank’s Oyster Bar in D.C., but during 2010’s Snowpocalypse, mixologist Gina Chersevani served it with snow.


  • Gently muddle mint leaves at the bottom of a glass


  • Pour in 1 oz. simple syrup


  • Fill the glass with snow


  • Add 1 oz. of Willett Bourbon and then fill the rest of the glass with Champagne.


  • Garnish with mint and serve.


Jam Snow Cocktail

This jam snow cocktail recipe calls for shaved ice, but snow is the same exact thing… but better. It’s like Mother Nature pre-shaved the ice for you and just said, “Here ya go. Drinks on me.”


  • In a small bowl, add 2 heaping tbsp. strawberry jam and dilute it with 1 tbsp. gum syrup. If you can’t find gum syrup, you can use simple syrup. Just mix it up and it’s all set.


  • Fill a tall glass with snow.


  • Pour the jam mixture over the snow in the glass and then pour 1 oz. Baileys liqueur on top of that.


For those of you in the colder parts of the country, the snow is inevitable this season. But you can make good use of it with a few bottles of booze and a shaker.