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First, have it snow about four inches or more. When you have that handled, and Snow Day Syndrome is tickling the back of your neck, assemble your ingredients (below).

Here's your soundtrack, written and performed by former Lexingtonian Henry Hipkens: Snow Day.


Yield: 2 servings for reasonable people, or 1 serving for most of us

1/2 cup heavy cream (try for organic and not ultra-pasteurized, or at least local and delicious)

2 1/2 teaspoons sugar, or more if you like sweetness a lot—but I promise it's really good when not too sweet

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 teaspoons bourbon, or more to taste

One tiny tidbit fine salt

Nutmeg for classic flavor, if you want


  1. Don't go outside yet. Begin by beating the heavy cream in a medium bowl until it mounds nicely. Add sugar, vanilla, bourbon and salt. Whisk gently.
  2. Now take a clean bowl and fetch about 2 1/2 - 3 cups of that beautiful fresh snow. Hurry back inside.
  3. Whisk or fold most of the snow into the flavorful whipped cream in that medium bowl. It may semi-freeze the cream in clumps briefly. Keep stirring gently. Add the rest of the snow if you want. When moderately well integrated, pour the mixture into an old-fashioned glass. Top with freshly grated nutmeg, if you like.
  4. Sip. Savor. Watch the snow and be happy for grownup Snow Days.
  5. If you have a generous heart and feel compelled to take pity on young ones around you, reduce bourbon to 1 teaspoon, increase vanilla extract to 1/2 teaspoon, and share.


  • Once you try this, good heavy cream will, of necessity, add itself to your pre-Snow-Day emergency shopping list. [Milk-Bread-Eggs-Heavy Cream. Done.]
  • Amounts are approximate. Feel free to make this wintry delight just as you please.


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