Saturday, July 2, 2011
Ice Ice Shavie elevates the humble snow cone to artisinal status, using fresh and local fruits and herbs to create delicious flavors. The venture from Damian Windsor, the head bartender at the Roger Room, and Liz Wiltgen offers flavors inspired by cocktails, although at public events does not include booze. The Shavie team does do private events, at which they can add in the liquor to make these into truly adult shaved ice treats.
I sampled two of the flavors last weekend at the Studio City Farmers Market, which is the most consistent spot to find the Shavie team each Sunday. I tried Strawberry Mojito with lime and strawberry juices, mint and sugar, as well as the Grapefruit Ricky with Elderflower, Lemon Juice, Vanilla and Grapefruit Juice. Both were quite refreshing although I preferred the Grapefruit Ricky by a nose.
Other flavors available included:
Hammer Thyme: Strawberry, Thyme, Ginger and Simple Syrup
Blackberry Bramble: Blackberry, Lemon, Basil
Sonoma Fog: Sea Salt & Caramel
All flavors are $4 each and if you ask nicely they will put two flavors in one cup of shaved ice. This was a whole other league than the Snoopy Snow Cone machines of our youth. Windsor is one of the foremost bartenders in Los Angeles and the quality of his product was evident. I hope to try the boozy version on a hot day soon. Follow them on twitter or facebook to keep up to date.
Ice Ice Shavie: www.iceiceshavie.com