" Jurassic Park III" Snow Clones

Sure, anyone can do shaved ice. But have you ever tried making your own gourmet flavored syrups from scratch?

Green syrup:

  • 2 to 3 cups fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mint extract
  • Green food coloring (optional)

Red and blue syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Yellow syrup:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice, separated
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Green Syrup:

  1. Place chopped mint leaves in a saucepan and cover with cold water.
  2. Bring to a boil; immediately remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve.
  3. Return mixture to the saucepan over medium-high heat; add the sugar and bring to a boil.
  4. As soon as the mixture begins to thicken, remove from heat and add the mint extract and the food coloring (if desired).
  5. Refrigerate until use.

Red and Blue Syrup:
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil the sugar and the water together for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Add choice of berries; return to a low boil and cook another 20 to 30 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Use a strainer to separate the fruit from the liquid.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and refrigerate until use.

Yellow syrup:
  1. Combine the water, sugar, 3/4 cup of the lemon juice and lemon zest; bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining 3/4 cup lemon juice and the food coloring (if desired). Refrigerate until use.

Assembly Directions:
  1. Grind ice in food processor, ice crusher, or ice shaver.
  2. Scoop ice into paper cups and bathe in syrups of your choice.
  3. Enjoy!

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