- PrepTime: 30 Mins
- CookTime: 0 Mins
- TotalTime: 30 Mins
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cinnamon whiskey (Fireball)
- Shaved ice
- Gather the ingredients.
- 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 the heat and stir in the cinnamon whiskey liqueur.
- Store in the refrigerator until cool.
- When it's time to serve, use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to fill the glasses of your choice with shaved ice.
- Drizzle the syrup on top, saturating the ice as much as you like.
- Serve with a small spoon and enjoy!
- Fill the pitcher of your blender about halfway with ice cubes.
- Use the chop or pulse setting to crush the ice in small bursts.
- Continue the bursts until the ice breaks down 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.
- 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 choose to freeze it, check it every few minutes.
- Following the recipe, you'll have about 1 1/2 cups of syrup. If you pour 1 ounce over each snow cone, it will yield 12 servings.
- 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.
- 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 of sugar and water (a substitute for the whiskey). Simmer the syrup for 15 minutes, keep it covered, and allow it to cool on the stove before removing the cinnamon.
- Not everyone enjoys Fireball, so feel free to use a substitute. 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.