Murphy Street Raspa Co. - Alpine, TX
Ay Dios Mio. When the heat of high noon in West Texas gets you down, there are few things as refreshing as the revelatory raspas emerging from Murphy Street Raspa Co., a small storefront general store just off the main drag in downtown Alpine, Texas.
Just what is a raspa? The Spanish “raspar” means “to scrape.” As owner Jessie Temple likes to say, “raspa is so much more fun to say than ‘a shaved ice’ or ‘a snow cone.’” And as fun as it is to say, her cold, cold raspas are just as fun to scarf.
When I stopped in, we enjoyed an end-of-the-day treat, Temple’s take on a Manhattan: cherry sauce, Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, and a spicy, Mexican pickled plum sauce called Chamoy.
The combination of the sugary sweet cherry sauce, the spicy Chamoy, and the even spicier Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon made for a refreshing, intoxicating take on the raspa. In a word it was delicioso.
Though Temple lets her snow machine do most of the work, when it comes to shaved ice at home, I’ve learned that about ten seconds in a blender is all I needed to get about ten ice cubes crushed just so.
Below, I’ve provide more info on how to make your own chamoy sauce, and the ingredients needed to make a Murphy Street Manhatta-raspa.
Chamoy Sauce Ingredients
2-3 Dried Ancho Chilies
1 Cup, Apricot Jam
½ Cup, Lime Juice
½ Teaspoon, Salt
⅓ Cup, Sugar
1. Let ancho chilies sit in warm water for half-an-hour. This will soften them up. Once soft, remove seeds and stems.
2. Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Manhatta-Raspa 2.0, a slight modification of
1½ Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
½ Part sweet vermouth
½ Part dry vermouth
½ Part maple syrup
2 Dashes of Bitters
2 Teaspoons of Chamoy Sauce
Crushed or Shaved Ice
Shake ingredients over ice. Pour over crushed ice. Garnish with a cherry.
Murphy St. Raspa Co.
100 W Murphy Ave, Alpine, TX 79830
Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.
Connect withMax Wastler
A Chicago-based storyteller, keeper of a whiskey blog and shop-owner who's known for his appreciation of America.