Create a Cocktail Snow Cone Bar!

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Learn how to create a cocktail snow cone bar that’s perfect for parties! We’re sharing the best snow cone machines, mixers, spirits, and toppings!

Snow cones in a snow cone holder.

The idea to create a snow cone bar came from creating our boozy strawberry and sangria snow cones as well as our 4th of July snow cone stand.

Girl holding a snow cone.

I wanted to elaborate on the idea of the classic snow cone and create a bar using cocktail mixers, syrups and spirits. It’s a unique idea for any event or party and fun activity for guests to do. It’s also similar to our mix and match bar as guests can create their own fun flavors.

four snow cones with toppings on them in a tray

This colorful summer dessert has been around since 1920! You can read more about the history of snow cones and shaved ice here. When you make it a fun experience by adding in spirits and creating cocktail flavors, it becomes a perfect summer treat for adults.

Use the information below as a guide to creating your own. Add in your favorite flavors, syrups, and toppings. Alter it for a specific theme like Classic Cocktail Snow Cones or a Tropical Summer Party.

You can keep it seasonal too if you’re hosting a fall party use flavors like apple, pumpkin, and spices.

Snow cone bar with a snow cone machine and spirit bottles.

How to Make a Cocktail Snow Cone Bar

Spirit bottles and cocktail mixers with gold spouts.

Cocktail Mixers

When buying cocktail mixers, use artisan mixers and flavors. We’re fans of the Jack Rudy Cocktail Mixers as well as Williams Sonoma mixers.

Jack Rudy Cocktail Mixers

Sweet Tea

Elderflower

Grenadine

Classic Tonic

Casamigos cocktail mixer in pineapple smoke and summer in a cup

Casamigos Cocktail Syrups

Summer in a Cup

Pouring cocktail syrup over a snow cone.

Cocktail Syrups

You can also use different flavored syrups. We like Monin syrups and Torani as well. These are both available at grocery and liquor stores.

Pouring cocktail syrup over a snow cone.

If you’re feeling very motivated, make your own homemade simple syrups! Follow our guide here for creating any flavor syrup you want!

Spirit bottles.

Spirits

Add at least 3 spirits options on the bar. Think about the combinations guests can make with the cocktail mixers. Gin goes great and tonic syrup. Vodka is good with almost any of the syrups above. Rum would be great with pineapple. Here’s a list of spirits to add to the bar:

  • Campari
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Gin
  • Zero Proof
Zero proof spirit bottles and elderflower tonic.

For your guests who do not drink, place out a non-alcoholic spirit like Ritual.

Adding bitters to snow cones.

Bitters are also a unique ingredient you can add for a sophisticated flavor.

Bottle Pourers

This is an important item for creating a DIY bar like this one. We found that these gold bottle pourers worked really well in most of the spirit and syrup bottles. It also gives the bar a cohesive look.

Ingredients in marble bowls on a cocktail snow cone bar.

Snow Cone Toppings

Place colorful and delicious toppings in small bowls on the table for guests to use as toppings. There are SO many options, but here are a few of our favorite toppings:

  • Sliced Citrus Fruit
  • Dried Fruit
  • Sprinkles
  • Coconut Cream
  • Sprinkles
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dried Fruit
  • Edible Flowers
Shimmer and glitter for cocktails.

Edible shimmer and gold hearts and stars are fun too!

Snow cone machine, cups and snow cone cups on a bar.

Bar Supplies

The Best Snow Cone Machines

Making a snow cone at home.

To make the cones, have a bucket of ice cubes next to the machine. For the one we used, just fill the top with a few scoops of ice, shut and lock the lid and it’s ready to go! It’s a bit loud but makes instant shaved ice.

Using a tool to mold a snow cone.

It also comes with a tool to mold the top of the ice in the shape of a ball.

Then you can pour your syrups and spirits over the top!

Snow Cone Cups

Classic snow cone cups give a nostalgic feeling! They’re also durable and leak-proof and made for holding melting ice. Here are a few of our favorites:

Shaved ice in a cup with cherry and pineapple toppings.

Fun Cups

In addition to snow cone cups, have other fun cups out for guests who would rather eat their snow cone with a spoon.

Cherry over shaved ice.

Flowers

Every bar has to have flowers! They’re a must as they add instant decor and color!

Toppings and flowers on a bar.

Snow Cone Flavors

The best part about this bar is that you can mix and match flavors, creating your favorite cocktail recipes. Here are a few ideas!

Spiked Lemonade – Vodka and Lemon Simple Syrup

Gin and tonic snow cone in a green cup.

Gin and Tonic – Gin and Tonic Syrup

Elderflower Gin – Elderflower Syrup and Gin

Pouring syrup over ice in a snow cone cup.

Pineapple Rum – Summer in a Cup and Rum

Margarita – Casamigos Pineapple Smoke Mix and Blanco Tequila

Yellow shaved ice with pineapple and coconut.

Pina Colada – Pineapple Syrup, Coconut Cream and Rum

Moscow Mules – Ginger Syrup and Vodka

Pouring cocktail syrup over ice.

Those are just a few flavor combinations you can make!

Tips for Making a Snow Cone Bar

  • Have an ice bucket near the machine to quickly fill with ice.
  • Have extra plain simple syrup to sweeten the snow cones.
  • Place napkins, spoons and straws nearby for guests to use as well.
  • Have enough variety of syrups and spirits for it to be a fun experience for guests.
Snow cones in a hole with fruit

More Summer Recipes and Ideas You’ll Love!

Three shaved ice in colorful cups with toppings.

Let us know if you make your own bar by leaving a comment below! We’d love to know your thoughts!

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