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A Simple Recipe for Snow Cone Syrup with Moscato
A Simple Recipe for Snow Cone Syrup with Moscato
September is California Wine Month, and what better way to celebrate than with snow cones? This easy recipe for snow cone syrup will transform shaved ice into a delicious treat. All you need is ice, Moscato wine, sugar, water, and strawberries. The best part is that you can customize the flavor of your snow cones however you like by changing up the fruit in the recipe. So gather your friends and get ready to celebrate California Wine Month!!
Snow cones are a nostalgic treat that always takes me back to childhood. I remember going to the snow cone stand on hot summer days with my friends. Back when our most pressing decision of the day was deciding which combination of syrups we wanted to try next. I remember being completely in awe watching the machine shave down a massive chunk of ice into what resembled snow in mere seconds.
Now that I’m an adult, I still like to enjoy snow cones on occasion, but these days I make my own. Making snow cone syrup from scratch is actually a lot easier than you might imagine and it tastes so much better too. Plus, you can get really inventive with the flavors you offer – like the recipe for snow cone syrup with Moscato that we are sharing with you today.
Ingredients needed to make snow cone syrup with Moscato.
This recipe for snow cone syrup is super easy to make and it only requires a few ingredients; ice, Moscato wine, sugar, water, and fresh strawberries.
To create the Strawberry Moscato Snow Cones at home you will need to make two syrups. You could absolutely just use one of these syrups for a solo-flavored snow cone. But, it is important to note that the Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup in this recipe is much thinner and makes a greater quantity of syrup than the Moscato-based syrup which thickens to the consistency of super thick honey.
I created the syrups in different consistencies so that the Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup could create a flavored base for the shaved ice and so that the Moscato syrup would sit on top of it as opposed to sinking right through to the bottom of the glass.
The different consistencies in the syrups help to create layers of flavor in a recipe that could otherwise taste a bit watered down.
Before building your first snow cone you will need to make the syrups and allow them to cool completely, then chill. A warm syrup will melt the shaved ice too quickly. Syrups can be made up to 3 days in advance. To store, seal in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator.
When ready to make and serve Strawberry Moscato Snow Cones remove the Moscato syrup from the refrigerator about 10-15 minutes prior to assembling so that it will loosen up a bit as it warms to room temp.
How to make shaved ice for homemade snow cones.
I purchased a small shaved ice machine for snow cones a few years back for about $20 for the kids and it has been so much fun to have around. However, you don’t need a snow cone maker to make our Strawberry Moscato Snow Cones at home. You can use your blender or food processor to make shaved ice.
How to make shaved ice in a food processor:
Process ice cubes in a food processor, 2 cups at a time, until cubes stop clattering and look like snow, with no lumps.
How to make shaved ice in a high-powered blender:
Fill a high-powered blender about halfway with ice, pulse a few times on high until all is blended and shaved consistency. If your blender seems to be struggling use a smaller amount of ice and work in batches.
How to build a Strawberry Moscato Snow Cone.
When serving snow cones you don’t want to assemble the snow cone until you are ready to serve. Once you are ready, assemble all of the components then work in an assembly line to make as many snow cones as you like.
Create a flavor foundation
Add 1/4 cup (more if desired) of the prepared Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup to the bottom of a glass or bowl.
We used a coupe glass for a dramatic effect.
Add lots of shaved ice!
A shaved ice machine creates literal shaving of ice, like chips. They are super light and fluffy.
When made in a blender or a food processor the consistency may be closer to that of snow than chipped ice.
Either way, scoop mounds of ice on top of the Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup until there are a few inches of shaved ice above where the Strawberry syrup reaches.
Add another layer of flavor!
Now, drizzle the luxuriously thick Moscato syrup over the top of the mound of shaved ice.
This syrup is so thick it will create a thick coating that encapsulates and sits on top of the ice rather than sink right through it.
Garnish & serve!
Are edible flowers necessary? Not really. Do they add a pop of WOW factor? Definitely.
We love cooking and decorating with edible flowers from California.
Does this recipe for snow cone syrup with Moscato contain alcohol?
The alcohol in the Moscato wine-based snow cone syrup is boiled out, so while technically this dessert is made with wine, it doesn’t actually contain alcohol.
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Strawberry Moscato Snow Cones
- Snow cone or shaved ice maker or high-powered blender or food processor
Moscato Snow Cone Syrup
- 2 cups Moscato wine from California
- 1 cup granulated sugar
Fresh Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 cups fresh California strawberries washed, tops removed, quartered
To assemble the Strawberry Moscato Snow Cones
- Shaved ice
- edible flowers if desired for garnish
To make the Moscato Snow Cone Syrup
- In a non-reactive pot over medium-high heat, bring the Moscato to a boil.
- Continue to boil until the wine has reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely melted and thoroughly incorporated.
- Continue to cook, stirring constantly until the syrup has thickened. About 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
To make the Fresh Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup
- While the Moscato is cooking down, combine the water and the remaining 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, frequently stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set the syrup aside to cool slightly.
- Combine the prepared strawberries and syrup together in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer both syrups to containers with lids. Allow the syrups to cool to room temperature then chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To assemble Strawberry Moscato Snow Cones
- In a glass or bowl, add 1/4 cup Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup. Scoop shaved ice on top of the syrup, mounding it so that some of the ice is left exposed on top. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons Moscato Snow Cone Syrup over the top. Garnish with an edible flower of desired and serve immediately.
What is California Wine Month?
One could argue that every month is wine month in California, but September’s California Wine Month is especially magical.
Whether you live in California, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad, we welcome you to celebrate the top wine-producing state in the U.S. and the world’s fourth-largest wine-producing region in the world.
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