Celebrate Snow Days With This Frozen Spiced Apple Snowball Cocktail

The secret ingredient? Fresh snow, of course.

Frozen Spiced Apple Snowball Cocktail in a Glass with Cinnamon Stick Garnish on Wooden Base with Pinecone
Photo: Taylor Ivison
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

If you're new to using snow in your libations, welcome to a whole new type of winter wonderland. This grown-up slushie recipe from Taylor Ivison, founder of Cocktail Kitchen, is a snowy take on the Japanese "Kakigori" cocktail, which uses shaved ice as a base. Ivison describes the delicious concoction as "a mulled apple cider snow cone for adults." Once you taste it, you'll know why.


  • 1 ½ ounces Laird's Apple Brandy

  • ½ ounce Bénédictine D.O.M.

  • ¾ ounce cinnamon clove syrup (made with 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, and 1 cup sugar; see below for directions)

  • ¾ ounce lemon juice

  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

  • 2 heaping handfulls fresh snow (approximately 70 grams)


  1. Make the cinnamon clove syrup: Boil 2 cups of water with 2 broken up cinnamon sticks and 4 whole cloves until the water has reduced in half. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir until all sugar crystals have fully dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit until fully cool. Fine strain into a sealable glass container store in the fridge.

  2. Make the cocktail: Stir all ingredients except snow in a mixing glass without ice. Pour half of the cocktail in a coupe and pile fresh snow on top until you have a nice mound of unpacked snow above the rim of the glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and pour the rest of the drink over the snow mound.

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