Adult Snow Cones: Strawberry Mint, Blueberry Raspberry and Carrot Rosemary / Courtesy of Casa del Mar
Spiking childhood refreshers like slushies and snow cones is nothing new, but craft bars now treat these drinks like real cocktails.
In Santa Monica this summer, the beachside Hotel Casa del Mar began selling Adult Snow Cones, refreshing granita-style cocktails that reflect the ingredient-driven cocktail trend championed by the West Coast. Growing up in Italy, food and beverage director Simon Sopresi spent his summers with bowls of lightly sweet granita made with fresh fruit as opposed to paper cones full of gravely neon-hued ice. Served in glasses with spoon straws that recall 7-Eleven Slurpees, Sopresi’s spiked snow cones at Casa del Mar merge the brightly colored, lip-staining American style with the more natural ices of his childhood.
Familiar flavors like Blueberry Raspberry are upgraded by fresh fruit syrups and many offerings are more complex. The Apple Grape flavor combines Pisco with Snap (a ginger-flavored liquor) and house-made apple-grape syrup.