Chances are you have some whiskey on the home bar come winter, so here’s a handy cocktail recipe from The Punch Bowl author Dan Searing. The spirits specialist and Room 11 (now closed) partner gave us his formula for “the West Virginia Snow Cone,” which combines bourbon and a cup of (clean!) snow for an easy blizzard drink.
Searing suggests chilling the glasses and/or bourbon before mixing the components to get a slushy-like texture. If you don’t have Old Scout bourbon from West Virginia on hand, other whiskeys work. Searing says you can make an equally delicious Kentucky Snow Cone—just use a bourbon that’s at least 100 proof, so the cold drink still warms your insides. Another riff: add a dash or two of bitters for a “Snowld Fashioned.”
Dan Searing’s West Virginia Snow Cone
1.5 oz Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon
2 teaspoons simple syrup
Make the simple syrup: boil water and stir in an equal amount of sugar until it’s dissolved. Let cool.
Pack an old fashioned glass or other small tumbler with fresh snow.
Pour bourbon over snow in glass.
Add 2 teaspoons of simple syrup (or to taste). Stir and enjoy!