Cherry Snow Cone

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Author Notes: Inspired by a tweet I saw last year from chef Alex @guarnaschelli: “Wanting muddled fresh cherries with some raw sugar over crushed ice with a touch of lemon juice. A bathtub full.” I ran to the kitchen and put this together. - mrslarkinmrslarkin

Food52 Review: We loved the concept of a grownup snow cone from the very start. Mrslarkin has you muddle fresh cherries with mint, lemon juice and raw sugar (a great abrasive, incidentally) and then hit the fruity sludge with a shot of Pernod before spooning it over crushed ice. The "optional" drizzle of cream is a must. We recommend making a slightly larger batch of shaved ice than you'll need (in case you end up with some bigger chunks) and keeping it in the freezer until just before you're ready to serve. - A&MA&M

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup stemmed and pitted fresh sweet cherries
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon turbinado or other sugar in the raw
  • 1 small sprig mint, torn into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice or orange juice
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon Pernod (or Kirschwasser, for the timid)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  1. In a mixing cup or mug, muddle the cherries, sugar, mint, lemon juice and booze until you have a nice amount of syrup.
  2. If you have a snow cone ice shaver machine that Santa brought one year, dig it out of the basement. Or in your blender, finely crush/shave the ice and quickly spoon or scoop into serving bowl, ideally a clear one so you can see all the dripping cherry goodness in about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour muddled cherry mixture, chunks and all, over ice.
  4. Add cream, if using.
  5. Add a straw and a spoon and have at it.
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about 2 years ago Milk & Honey

Great idea and tasty too! I used white balsamic instead of the Pernod for a little Bush (I think that's what they are called). Nice. Also tried with rhubarb with good results but need to mince the rhubarb finely prior to muddling.

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about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Glad you liked this, M&H!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Mmm, perfect for a day at the fair!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I love this, it's the best snow cone ever. Made it virgin for the kids we all loved it. An ice shaver is on my list for this Christmas. The zip lock bag, hammer and my well worn blender were ok but need an ice shaver.

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about 3 years ago creamtea

o.k. I finally made this today, virginized. Yum. If kids & husband don't get home soon, it's not my fault.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Double swoon!! This is amazing!! After a hectic week/weekend, I finally treated myself (and the Mr.) to a double batch served in old-fashioned glasses. As a life long shave ice lover, this puts my favorite cone to shame. I'm thinking I have to find myself a hand crank machine just so I can make this whenever I want, with soft as snow shave ice. Thank you, mrslarkin, for a brilliant recipe.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yay! I'm so happy you and hubby enjoyed this, gingerroot! You're welcome!

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about 3 years ago Jennifer Ann

MrsLarkin, This is so wonderful! I have been enjoying it for dessert all week.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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oh, that is so nice to hear, Jennifer Ann!! Thanks so much for letting me know.

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about 3 years ago gluttonforlife

I'm actually referring to kaffir lime (Citrus Hystrix) which has very floral and aromatic leaves, much used in Southeast Asian cooking. They can be found in Indian and Thai markets, sometimes among the packaged herbs at Whole Foods, but I usually get mine fresh at Kalustyan's in New York City.

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about 3 years ago gluttonforlife

Tried this, substituting a bit of sweetened condensed milk and some wild lime leaves, and it was sheer heaven! Love the instant gratification, Mrs. L!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you GFL! That sounds awesome. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. (Curious, where do you get wild lime leaves??)

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

I'd say my mother in law's garden, but thats way out in chennai, India, she has 2 huge key lime trees, next time around I plan to strip the tree naked & haul it back in bags back to the US!

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congrats on being a finalist, mrslarkin! This looks so lovely and refreshing. And I love the idea of adding a splash of Pernod to the snow cone. It is cherry season now in the Pacific Northwest, so I look forward to trying your recipe ASAP.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you so much, CIV! Hope you enjoy this one!

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about 3 years ago mcs3000

Have loved cherry snow cones since I was little. Can't wait to make this - so awesome. Hope you win!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks mcs3000!!!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats on being a finalist. Didn't realize this was an adult snow cone until just now! Nicely composed.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks Sagegreen. Easily adaptable for kids - just leave out the booze. Or muddle with some anise hyssop leaves - similar flavor profile to the Pernod.

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about 3 years ago toekneeray

Eating/drinking this RIGHT NOW. It's amazing. Gets my vote :)

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you tkb!

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about 3 years ago toekneeray

Having this RIGHT NOW! It's amazing! Gets my vote :)

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about 3 years ago Oui, Chef

I am ALL OVER this one!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Chef!

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about 3 years ago WinnieAb

This looks fantastic!!!!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Oh, thanks very much Winnie!

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

After getting to know Snow cones in Barbados last year, I know for sure I would LOVEEEEEEE this. Not only the flavours but the concept which can be transformed. Perfect for hot weather

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks KB. Yes, this one certainly is easily adaptable!

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations Mrs larkin... can't wait to try this!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much, Panfusine! Hope you like it.

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about 3 years ago singing_baker

wow this is so different. I love it! I just got some fresh cherries from the farmers market too, how perfect!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yay! and thank you singing_baker.

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats! Can't believe I missed this earlier!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much lorigoldsby!!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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YUM! Holy hot weather awesomeness!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you 5&S! I just went to get more cherries at the store. :-)

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about 3 years ago thirschfeld

never know where you will find inspiration. Great recipe, congrats

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you, thirschfeld.

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about 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Beautiful! I love pernod, can't wait to try it.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, SOE. Wow, a fellow Pernod lover! We are few and far between.

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about 3 years ago nomnivorous

This looks utterly amazing. I canned sweet and tart cherries in balsamic syrup, I may give this snow cone a try in the winter too!

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about 3 years ago nomnivorous

This looks utterly amazing. Bravo!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks very much, nomnivorous!

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about 3 years ago healthierkitchen

What a great idea!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you hk!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Congratulations and luck to you in the finals, mrslarkin!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks very much lapadia!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Cheers to the runner-up!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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How sweet! I needed that. Thanks lapadia!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

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big congratulations, mrslarkin!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you drbabs!

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about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Fun technique and flavor!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks sexyLAMBCHOPx!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Yipee! Congratulations, mrslarkin! Can't wait to make this.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks gingerroot! Hope you like it! (i feel like an honorary Hawaiian today!)

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about 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

How have I missed this... sounds so refreshing and fabulous. Congrats.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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MCT, thank you so much.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats, mrslarkin! This sounds amazing!!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you so much hla!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

This is great! I wish I had a gallon of this right now!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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oh, now your talking my language. Thank you Bevi.

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about 3 years ago nannydeb

Congrats mrslarkin! I missed this the first time around, sounds great!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you nannydeb!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Yes! Way to go mrslarkin!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Midge! (sorry no Guinness in this one.)

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations mrslarkin, I just love your snowcone.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you very much sdebrango.

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about 3 years ago ChefJune

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I'm making this for dessert tonight. I have all the ingredients on hand except a "good" implement to crush the ice, but there is always the old cleaver and the zip-lock bag trick. This sounds almost too good to be true!

Congrats on being a finalist. This is a keeper.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks ChefJune. Cleaver will work just fine. Rolling pins make good wacking tools, too, á la Julia Child.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Go, Liz - congrats on being a finalist!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you Miss Liz!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

woohoo!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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;) thanks wssmom!! so glad you liked this when you tested it, but now I can't remember your kind words!!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

hmm I will find them and repost here!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Found 'em!: "mrslarkin's cherry snow cone is dramatic, different, and downright delightful, especially on a hot summer afternoon. Or evening. The anise flavor of Pernod punches up juicy, red, ripe cherries and a mint-accented syrup to dizzyingly delicious heights. I'd totally recommend using a snow-cone machine or some other ice-shaving device; even though our blender has an "ice crush" setting, the results were more like ice lumps (which we wound up putting in a muslin bag and pounding with mallets to produce the desired effect).

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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yay! Thanks for finding it, wssmom!

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about 3 years ago creamtea

We have a "Hawai'ice" hand cranked machine. I'm off to the kitchen get it down & freeze some discs...kids will get this without the Pernod. Or, maybe, with........

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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oh, that sounds like fun!!

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over 3 years ago Midge

Love this!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you, Midge!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Swoon! A Scone Queen after my own heart...shave ice is an institution here, you know.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, g! I did not know that! I bet Hawai`i shave ice is awesome. What flavors are popular there?

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

I love this!!...I have my own vintage, hand crank shave ice machine that I use .

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks, dymnyno!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

At the best places, there are as many flavors as one can dream up! Rainbow (red = cherry, yellow = banana, and blue = vanilla) is definitely one every kid here has grown up with, but my favorites include passion fruit and li hing mui (dried preserved plums - a flavor bomb of salty, sour, sweet). Fancy extras include adding ice cream and/or adzuki beans (in the cone, before you put the ice) and condensed milk on top!

@dymnyno - I love that you have your own hand crank shave ice machine!! So cool.

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

I still want one of these, a year later...Thumbs up, just anticipating!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, Liz!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

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Oh yea, this sounds really yummy!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks! Can't wait to make this again when the cherries are in!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

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Would have been perfect today was over 90 degrees. This sounds so refreshing.

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

oohh.. booozy snow cone!! yumm!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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:) yes!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Ooh - I missed this - looks so refreshing. I see you are back into the Pernod...

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Yes, I couldn't stay away from it. Can't drink it straight, but I like it as an accent.

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about 4 years ago dymnyno

gotta try this...I have a vintage shave ice hand crank machine.

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Oh how I love vintage kitchen stuff! Yes, try it! And let me know how it turns out!!

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about 3 years ago MakeThatMakeThis

wow. Sounds awesome!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks, MTMT!