What happens on a Saturday morning, when you wake up to rain, then hours later that rain turns to drizzle, that drizzle turns into huge beautiful quarter sized snowflakes.
Then within an instant the heavens open up and the whirlwind of weather turns the romantic snow scene into a snow/rain/ice fusion also known as hail.
So what do you do when God decides to give you all you can eat perfectly sized frozen chunks of ice? Well, you grab some plastic cups fill them to the brim with frozen sky pour in some cherry juice infused with grenadine, toss on a couple of plump cherries and make yourself a " luscious"
Cherry Mexican Raspado.
Yours may not come with the heavens stamp of approval like mine, but it will taste heavenly and that's almost just as good!
The word raspado derives from the Spanish word raspar- which means to scrape.
If you've never heard of a Mexican Raspado, it's kind of like an Italian ice, but the ice is much more coarse and they can be made into so many yummy flavors.....which include cupcake!
Well not exactly cupcakes, but I loved these icy treats so much I did make them into cupcakes.
You can see them here and find out a little more about " El Senor Raspado" and his delicious raspado flavors!
So you have to entender ( understand) that my shaved ice was truly a pure gift from El Cielo, so I used quick ingredients from my kitchen. I will give you my super simple recipe
1. Quickly run out your back door and find the cleanest, freshest batch of ice you can find. If you weren't lucky enough to have the heavens provide the ice, then you can put some crushed ice into a blender.
2.Start with about 1 to 2 cups of crushed ice. Once you have the ice in the blender, you should also add 1 1/2 cups of water into the blender.
3.Next, you need to turn on the blender and blend the ice and water together. Make sure not to keep blending until the mixture is liquid. Check the consistency of the mixture and you can add ice as needed. You want the mixture to have the consistency of shaved ice.
4. Once your ice is ready, scoop it into cups and pour your grenadine in and next your cherry juice sprinkle on a few cherries and VOILA! Your very own nature made raspadito!
Okay and now here's one that takes a little bit longer but sounds super delicious!
Cherry Lime Raspado