Savor the Lazy Days of Summer with a Mango-Tequila Snow Cone Cocktail

three different snow cone cocktails on a table outside
Mango-Tequila Snow Cone CocktailBecky Luigart-Stayner

Some claim Texan Samuel “King Sammie” Bert debuted the Snow Cone at the 1919 Texas State Fair. Others point to 1850s Baltimore, when kids begged traveling ice wagons to shave off a little (then parents added flavorings). You can debate its origins over a Snow Cone Cocktail with boozy syrup. Also try the Blueberry-Bourbon, and the Raspberry-Vodka.

Yields: 1-2 cups

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 2 hours 35 mins


  • 1/2 c.

    granulated sugar

  • 2 c.

    chopped fresh ripe mango, plus slices for garnish

  • 1/4 c.

    fresh lime juice

  • 2 oz.

    chilled silver tequila

  • Tajín spice mixture, for garnish


  1. Combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in mango and lime juice. Cool to room temperature. Puree mixture in a blender until mostly smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on solids to remove as much liquid as possible; discard solids. Chill until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 5 days.

  2. Stir 6 tablespoons syrup and tequila in a glass measuring cup. Pulse 2 cups ice cubes on the crush setting in a blender until shaved. Immediately scoop ice halfway full into a chilled coupe glass. Drizzle with half of syrup. Top with remaining shaved ice, mounding the ice over the rim of the glass. Drizzle with remaining syrup. Serve immediately with mango and Tajín spice for garnish. Makes 1 serving.

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