Hawaiian Shaved Ice With Homemade Syrup

September Is Often The Hottest Month Of The Year In California.

Sometimes temperatures soar up to 90 degrees or higher!

For many CA families, it’s not a problem because they own an air-con – but many of us don’t have an easy way to save ourselves from the scorching heat.

During these times, a Hawaiian shaved ice can serve as a huge relief for yourself and your family. I remember a time when my family was hit with a heat wave and this recipe saved us.  It became a favorite recipe of mine and my children from then on.

This recipe – and our new Margaritaville frozen drink maker 🙂 – make the heat a lot more bearable for everyone.


Hawaiian shaved ice (the real stuff) can only be found in the Hawaiian islands. It is a Nectar of the Gods! You have to try it to believe it. Really, if you’ve never had a proper Maui ice before, you are missing something truly special.

My recipe is a replica of the real authentic Hawaiian shaved ice you’d find on Maui: it is topped with condensed milk and uses homemade sugar syrups that are flavored with real fruit. Two of my favorite homemade syrups are strawberry and pineapple.

Though you may not be able to enjoy the real Hawaiian shaved ice, you can get pretty close to it with my Hawaiian shaved ice using this home made fruit syrup recipe.

home made shaved ice syrup

Homemade Strawberry Syrup

  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water


  1. Rinse the berries and pull out the stems by slicing with a knife.
  2. Slice the strawberries to small cubes and place them in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add enough water to immerse them completely and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Next, reduce the heat to medium-high and let it simmer for 20 minutes while skimming any foam that may rise on top.
  5. Remove from heat once you notice the berries have lost their color and the water turns red or pink.
  6. Remove the strawberries from the liquid using a strainer.
  7. Keep in mind that if you don’t want your syrup to turn cloudy, so don’t press on the solids to extract more juice!
  8. Now add all of the sugar to the liquid and let it simmer until sugar dissolves.
  9. Lastly, remove from heat, let it cool completely and then refrigerate the mixture.

Pineapple Syrup

  • 4 cups cane sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small pineapple


  1. Take a container and pour water and sugar.
  2. Skin the pineapple and cut into fine cubes to add to the mixture.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours.
  4. Then remove the cubes and press on them with a hand juicer.
  5. Stir the mixture until sugar dissolves and then pour the syrup through a cheesecloth or tea-strainer.
  6. Lastly, add a small amount of spirit as a preservative and refrigerate.

Vanilla Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Take a small saucepan and pour water and sugar.
  2. Add in the scraped seeds from the vanilla bean and throw in the pod.
  3. Next, heat this mixture over medium-high heat.
  4. Make sure to stir it frequently until the sugar dissolves completely.
  5. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Lastly remove the pod and add the vanilla extract to it.
  7. After the mixture cools down, refrigerate it.

You can make more flavors of syrup using the same technique and some creativity!


Next, to make the shaved ice, you can use any decent ice shaving machine made by Rival or Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Or use a margarita machine on high/blend mode, if you have one. It might not make the ice as finely grained as real Hawaiian ice, but it gets close enough.

How to serve


Put the shaved ice in a glass and then top it with your preferred home made syrup. You can try two or more combination of syrups at the same time as well for a rainbow effect and mixed flavor

You can also add the evaporated milk ( 3 to 4 ounces) on top to make it creamy.

Add your favorite toppings such as sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream, strawberry or chopped nuts.

Like with ice cream, the world is your sweet-and-icy-cold oyster when it comes to Hawaiian Shaved Ice!