While the weather outside is frightful, putting that weather in a glass with a cocktail, is a fun and super cute way to combat the cold - and that cabin fever!
Step 1: Supplies
To make your own snow globe cocktails you'll need the following for ONE cocktail:
- clear glass tumbler*
- 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary sprigs
- 3 small yogurt covered raisins + 1 large
- dried rosemary
- thin string
- washi or masking tape
- exacto or pairing knife
- small piece of flat bottomed carrot
- baster (not pictured)
- white sugar (not pictured)
*NOTE: Sadly, a round bottomed glass won't work! You must use a straight glass or the ice will melt too quickly at the edges and the trees will float up after only a minute or so. In a straight glass, they will stay put for up to 10 minutes!
Step 2: Making Your Trees
Choose three rosemary sprigs with strong stems. The stronger the stems, the longer the trees will stand tall once the cocktail is added to the glass.
Find where the strongest part of the stem starts by bending the tips. Cut the stem at the transition point.
The top of the sprig is going to be the bottom of the tree. (So that the direction of the leaves is down.)
Pluck off about an inch of leaves to create the trunk of the tree. (like pictured) Decide how tall you'd like your tree to be (this will depend on the height of your glass), and trim the remaining sprig to create your tree top.
Repeat this process for the remaining two trees. I like to make 3 slightly different heights in order to create some visual dynamics..
Step 3: Making Your Snow Man
Chose three small yogurt covered raisins that step down in size slightly, like a classic snowman shape does.
Starting with the biggest bottom one, use your exacto knife to drill small holes on the top and bottom of the raisin. (This will help the yogurt coating crack less when you slide the raisins onto the toothpick.)
Slide and twist the bottom raisin onto the toothpick. Repeat the above for the middle raisin. Only make one hole on the bottom of the top 'head' raisin and add it to the top of the stack. Make sure that the toothpick isn't sticking out the top.
Next, using your exacto, make holes in the face for eyes and a mouth. Then make arm holes on the sides of the middle raisin.
Choose two thick dried rosemary leaves and stick those into the arm holes.
Use the flat bottomed carrot piece as a stand, sticking the end of the toothpick in it, and set the snowman aside.
Cut the bottom 1/3 of your large raisin off. This will become your final snowman base when it's ready to be added to the glass.
Step 4: Prepping Your Tree Supports
Cut a length of tape that is long enough to go across the top of your glass and down about 3/4" on either side.
Cut this piece lengthwise, making two thinner pieces. Repeat the above on a second piece of tape.
Cut your fourth thin piece into 6 small pieces.
So you should end up with:
- 3 long thin pieces
- 6 short pieces
Attach the long pieces sticky side up to the top of the glass using the short pieces. (like pictured)
Step 5: Support String
Cut three pieces of string that are long enough to attach to the tape and loop down to tree top level.
Step 6: Suspending Your Trees
Loop a piece of string through each tree top (do not tie it!) so that it will be easy to pull out gently when it's time.
Sneak each tree in between the tape and place them so that they are JUST touching the bottom of the glass and are hanging straight up and down.
Step 7: Adding the Snowman
Break off the snowman's toothpick so that only one inch is sticking out the bottom.
Cut another piece of string and loop it in between the bottom two raisins and under the snowman's arms.
Lower him down and place him with his eyes facing out. Use your scissors or a chopstick to push the the support raisin into the glass. The gooeyness of the raisin will 'glue' it to the bottom of the glass!
Stick this strings to the tape for extra support.
Step 8: Adding the 'Ground'
Using a baster, add water to the glass, being careful not to get the tape wet, until it reaches the bottom of the snowman.
Put the glass(es) into the freezer for at least 1 1/2 hours so that the 'ground' can freeze. This will be enough to support the trees and snowman once you remove the tape and string.
Step 9: Post Freezer...
Remove the glass(es) from the freezer and gently pull the strings out and remove the tape.
Step 10: Add Cocktail and Enjoy!
Now's the part where you add your cocktail!! For the best and most effective snow globe results, I suggest using only clear alcohol and mixers such as a martini, gin and tonic, or sake! You can also stick to water or seltzer.
Once you've added your drink of choice, sprinkle in a 'blanket' of sugar snow before serving.
If you're making these for guests, put a small bowl of sugar on your tray and sprinkle a bit into the drink as you hand it to them so they get the full effect!!
If you make the ice 'ground' thick enough (like pictured), the trees and snowman will stay put up to 10 minutes before it will dislodge and float to the surface. (also fun!)
Enjoy! And if you try making them, please click the 'I Made It' button and add a photo to the comments section. I'd love to see them!