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shaved ice in a glass

Piragua (Shaved Ice)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, American
  • Diet: Vegan


Shaved ice (also known as Piragua in Puerto Rico) is a classic dessert made with shaved ice and a sweet, usually fruity topping. The base of shaved ice can be made in a blender and the whole recipe requires just 20 minutes to make! 


Units Scale

For the Shaved Ice:

  • 4 cups ice

For the Coconut Topping: (see note for options)


  1. Prepare the topping. Whisk together the condensed milk with the coconut milk and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Shave the ice. Using a blender, food processor, or ice shaving machine, shave the ice until similar to snow in consistency.
  3. Serve. Fill cups with the shaved ice before pouring the coconut mix over top.


  • Tip: for a super smooth and creamy coconut topping, whip the coconut milk and condensed coconut milk with an immersion blender before combining.
  • Shaved ice will adopt whatever flavor you pour over it. Get creative with your favorite flavors and use what is available to you. Scroll up for ideas.