Invite a few friends over to watch "Game of Thrones" and treat them to a fun Fireball Jon Snow Cone or two. This simple recipe creates a syrup of Fireball Whiskey Liqueur and cranberry juice that is hard to resist.
Everything is quite easy and can be prepared ahead of time. You'll just need to make the spiked syrup and prepare some shaved ice. If you prefer, there is a non-alcoholic syrup option as well. It has the same great cinnamon-cranberry flavor, it simply skips the booze.
When it's party time, simply build your snow cones. It takes just a few minutes and the taste fits perfectly with the show's fire and ice theme.
Make the Syrup
Prepare your syrup ahead of time so you can chill it properly. While you can do it quickly in the freezer, you do need to be cautious about it. When the syrup gets too cold it will become too thick and won't pour well over the ice. If you do choose to freeze it, check it every few minutes.
- In a small saucepan, bring the cranberry juice to a light boil.
- Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved completely.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the liquor.
- Store in the refrigerator until cool.
The syrup can be bottled and stored in the refrigerator for a week or two. Adding the alcohol helps preserve it so it lasts longer than regular simple syrups.
Build Your Fireball Jon Snow Cone
When it's time to serve, use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to fill the glass of your choice with shaved ice. Drizzle the syrup on top, saturating the ice as much as you like, and serve with a small spoon.
There's no need to buy those paper snow cone cups. Any short glass, sundae dish, small bowl, or even a cocktail or margarita glass will do fine for serving. Actually, they're easier, cleaner, cheaper, and better for the environment. Look around the kitchen and get creative.
Skip the Booze
You can certainly skip the liquor and make this a non-alcoholic snow cone. Essentially, you'll be making a cinnamon syrup with cranberry juice instead of water.
To do so, add a cinnamon stick while making the syrup and use equal parts sugar and water. Simmer the syrup for 15 minutes, keep it covered, and allow it to cool on the stove before removing the cinnamon.
Creating Shaved Ice at Home
Shaved ice machines are your best option for making an authentic snow cone at home. There are a variety of models available, from inexpensive manual shavers to high-powered machines. Yet, if you don't have a machine you can still make snow cones at home.
With a good blender that has multiple settings and some nice power behind it, you can get pretty close to real shaved ice. It's a bit more of a puree than the fluffy ice that the shavers make, but it's still a tasty frozen treat. If you're not sure that you're ready to invest in a shaver, get your blender out and give it a try.
Fake Shaved Ice in the Blender
First of all, make sure that you have plenty of ice cubes on hand because you'll need more than you expect. Start making your own cubes a few days ahead and store them in a freezer bag to free up your ice trays or freezer's ice maker. In a pinch, buy a bag of ice but keep this well-frozen as it's typically smaller ice that will melt fast.
Your ice needs to be very solid so it doesn't get soupy in the blender and you don't waste a bunch trying to get it thick enough.
- Fill the pitcher of your blender about half way with ice cubes.
- Use the chop or pulse setting to crush the ice in small bursts.
- Continue the bursts until the ice breaks done into fine and consistent crushed ice. It should take a few minutes and you may need to move the contents around to ensure all the cubes are hit by the blades.
- Add more ice, small amounts at a time and continue pulsing until you have as much ice as you need. If your ice is too thin and watery, add more cubes. Work quickly so the ice doesn't melt.
- Store your shaved ice in the freezer until you're ready for a round of snow cones.
Not a Fan of Fireball?
Not everyone enjoys Fireball, so feel free to use a substitute. Cranberry and cinnamon are a natural flavor pairing and your favorite cinnamon schnapps will be great here. Goldschlager's a fun choice and the gold flakes add a nice touch.
If you like, make your own cinnamon-infused vodka, tequila, or whiskey for the syrup. A good cinnamon flavor should take about 5 to 7 days with a few cinnamon sticks, so plan ahead. The tequila is quite tasty and fun to play around with in other cocktails.