When Cookie Monster and I were living in Portland and it was snowy one day, I had a stroke of genius.
That stroke of genius: alcoholic snow cones! Scoop snow, cover with booze, consume, enjoy. I think at that time we made Chambord and Kahlua snow cones.
Since it recently snowed (and we're waiting for more!), we replicated adult beverages out of snow, but we had a pretty well-stocked liquor cabinet and wanted to sample a lot, so we just filled shot glasses instead of coffee mugs. Enter: the best snowcones ever!
We had Irish creme, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps, cherry heering, root beer schnapps, Frangelico and a nip of Chambord.
Just like your snowcones of yore, but with an adult twist. My favorites were the Frangelico and root beer.
Try one today! (Or next time it snows, whichever comes first.)
Incidentally, this is also a good use for snow: