Green Coconut and Grapefruit Shaved Ice Recipe

Photo: Max Falkowitz

Disappointed by the meager snowfall we've seen in New York City this winter, I decided that if I can't enjoy snow on the ground, I might as well enjoy it (or a better-tasting lookalike, at least) on my plate. Using summery, southern-clime flavors like green coconut and grapefruit serves as a snowy reminder that warmth and sun are only a few bites away.

Making shaved ice using this technique is incredibly easy. The addition of sugar to the base lowers the freezing temperature and ensures that the ice is easily shave-able, no matter how long it has been in the freezer. Simply scrape it hard with a metal spoon, garnish (with a little honey, or macerated grapefruit segments, or anything you like) and serve it quickly, before it melts.

Alternatively, you could pack it into a snowball and throw it at your dinner companions. Whichever feels right.

Recipe Details

Green Coconut and Grapefruit Shaved Ice Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 0 mins
Makes 1 quart


  • 24 ounces fresh or canned green coconut water
  • 8 ounces grapefruit juice, ideally fresh squeezed
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • Garnish: honey or grapefruit segments (optional)


  1. Mix all three ingredients in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a flat, shallow tray and freeze.

  2. When frozen, use a metal spoon, to scrape the ice into a light, fluffy snowy texture. Serve immediately, garnished with a little honey or macerated grapefruit segments.

Special equipment

shallow tray