12 Drinks of Christmas 2016: Snowcone Cocktail Recipe

12 Drinks of Christmas 2016: Snowcone Cocktail Recipe

12 Drinks of Christmas 2016: Snowcone Cocktail Recipe

Happy holidays!

It’s the time of the year for holiday decorations, twinkling lights, warm spices, and a rolling series of parties, gatherings, and celebrations. For the second year in a row, we’ll be adding to the festivities with twelve drinks to make all of those parties just a little merrier and brighter.

Today’s drink is one of the very first we ever designed, called the Snowcone. Though we liked it, it didn’t ever quite make it into our regular repertoire, and we had kind of forgotten about it until we ran across an evocatively similar recipe, called the Snowball, in one of our many perusals of The Savoy Cocktail Book. After the Savoy reminder, we thumbed back through our own old recipe book, and reacquainted ourselves with the Snowcone; and, what do you know, it’s a pretty decent drink.

We love Christmas and anise; so we designed this drink to evoke a snowy winter and to use an anise liqueur. But we know that anise isn’t everyone’s thing; so, in a similar fashion to Baldwin & Son’s treatment of creme de menthe, we undercut the licorice flavor a bit with some fruitiness.

We’re usually shakers rather than stirrers, but for this drink we shake. The juice gives us cover, since significant amounts of juice is one of the 3 good reasons to shake. But we actually shake because the frothy feel of the shaken drink gives the drink a snowier feel. And speaking of that snowy feel, while we like the flavor of the anise liqueur, we like even more the magical effect that anise liqueurs have of turning a drink a milky white.

Snowcone Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 1/4 oz gin
  • 1 1/4 oz anise liqueur–we like a pastis best for this drink, but anything anise-flavored will work
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • dash of orange curacao
  • dash of Peychaud’s bitters


  • Shake all ingredients with ice.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.

Roberts & June